A helicopter fights a brush fire along Interstate 17 near Sunset Point. Video courtesy of Savannah Wolach.
Northbound traffic on Interstate 17 was shut down for two hours Sunday between Sunset Point north of Phoenix and Badger Springs Road because of a brush fire.
Southbound traffic was limited to one lane as firefighters battled the blaze, but all lanes are now open.
The fire sparked around 4 p.m. Sunday. The Arizona Department of Transportation was forced to shut down the route around 5:30 p.m. Initially all lanes were closed, but one southbound lane was soon opened. ADOT advised drivers headed to northern Arizona to take alternate routes up U.S. 60 and the Beeline Highway.
The fire was contained by 8 p.m.
Badger Springs Road was already closed due to another blaze, the Brooklyn Complex Fire, according to fire spokesman Frank Mosbacher.
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