Sunset Fire closes Interstate 17 north of Phoenix

Nine miles south of Cordes Lakes, AZ

(UPDATED at 8:30 a.m. MDT June 1, 2020)

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Map showing the location of heat detected by satellites on the Sunset Fire along Interstate 17 north of Phoenix at 4:02 a.m. MDT June 1, 2020.

The Sunset Fire along Interstate 17 between Black Canyon City and Cordes Junction has burned 4,000 acres, the Bureau of Land Management reported Sunday night. According to the Arizona DOT Interstate 17 is now open in both directions.

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Sunset Fire, Sunday evening May 31, 2020. BLM photo.
Sunset Fire
Sunset Fire 5-31-2020. Photo by AZ DOT.

(Originally published at 3:19 p.m. MDT May 31, 2020)

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Still another wildfire has broken out in Arizona. The Sunset Fire was reported around noon Sunday and quickly required the complete closure of Interstate 17.

The fire is 5 miles north of Black Canyon City, 9 miles south of Cordes Lakes, and 24 miles north of Highway 74.

A very rough estimate of the size based on satellite data at 1:50 p.m. MDT on Sunday, is approximately 900 acres.

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Sunset Fire closes Interstate 17 five miles north of Black Canyon City.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

One thought on “Sunset Fire closes Interstate 17 north of Phoenix”

  1. We have lots of fires at Sunset Point Rest area that we have to close I-17 interstate. I think we have 1 each year there.

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