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Brush Fire Close 2 Highways In Northeast-Central Arizona
Arizona Department of Transportation officials say a brush fire has closed highways in Holbrook and Snowflake in northeast-central Arizona and forced some evacuations.
They say State Route 277 was closed in both directions from Heber-Overgaard to Snowflake on Monday afternoon while State Route 377 was shut down in both directions between Holbrook and Heber-Overgaard.
Navajo County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Randy Moffitt says state troopers caught up to the cause.
“There was a commercial vehicle in a dovetail type trailer," he said. "We believe the hydraulics failed on the back of the trailer and it then began dragging upon the roadway, which created the sparks.”
They say the blaze had spread to about 250 acres by early Monday evening.
There was no estimated time for the highways to reopen and authorities couldn't immediately say how many people needed to be evacuated.
ADOT officials recommended motorists take State Route 77 to State Route 260 as a detour.
The region remains under fire restrictions until monsoons hit.