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Updated Jul 7, 2012 - 6:14 pm

I-17 now reopened after brush fire causes severe backup

Department of Public Safety Officers closed southbound Interstate 17 for at mile-point 248 for hours Saturday afternoon after a growing brush fire threatened the area, but it has since been reopened.

Backups were reported of up to 20 miles, with many people out of their cars complaining of heat exhaustion. One woman was taken to the hospital with complaints of breathing trouble.

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