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Interstate 17 was closed in both directions north of New River after a propane tanker had a tire blowout and caught fire while heading south, the Phoenix Fire Department said.

There are about 300 gallons of propane inside of the tanker on the truck, fire officials said. Propane can cause a boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion, so firefighters were continuously spraying it with water to cool it, officials said.

Fire from the tanker ignited some brush close to the highway, but firefighters got that fire under control, the Phoenix Fire Department said. 

Phoenix Fire, which was assisting Daisy Mountain Fire Department, said the fire was under control just after 4:30 p.m. and fire crews were working to secure valves on the truck, which caught fire near Table Mesa Road north of New River.

The Arizona Department of Transportation said a 10-mile stretch of the highway is closed in both directions. It was not immediately known how long the interstate would remain closed.

ADOT said detours have been set up while firefighters deal with the propane fire. 

Northbound traffic had an exit set up at New River Road, while southbound traffic had an exit set up at Rock Springs near Black Canyon City, according to the Department of Transportation. 

Alternate routes from the Valley or Arizona’s high county include driving on State Route 87 to SR 260 through Payson and Camp Verde, ADOT said. Another route is driving on U.S. 60, U.S. 93 and SR 89 through Wickenburg and Prescott. 


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