Fire causes weekday delay along I-17
COTTONWOOD – A fire burning in the Bumble Bee area affected traffic along Interstate 17 in both directions Friday afternoon.
The Arizona Dept. of Transportation’s Twitter account, @ArizonaDOT, kept drivers updated about delays, beginning at about 1:30 p.m.
At one point, southbound I-17 was down to one lane near exit 254, north of Sunset Point. Drivers were encouraged to exit at Camp Verde and take State Roads 260 and 87, through Payson, as an alternate route to the Phoenix area.
The ADOT tweeted that the lane closure had ended and the interstate is passable. However, drivers should give themselves extra time traveling north or south on I-17.
Fires are not always a frequent occurrence in Arizona in August, but the monsoon season hasn’t begun in earnest in many lower- and mid-level elevations in the state.