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Right lane of I-17 north of Phoenix reopens after wildfire

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PHOENIX — One lane of northbound Interstate 17 north of the Phoenix area was closed Tuesday because of a wildfire but is now reopened, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.

The Sunset Fire was burning about five miles north of Black Canyon City. The Bureau of Land Management said the fire ignited Tuesday afternoon between Black Canyon City and Bumble Bee when a mini-van had an engine fire along I-17. It is now fully contained.

Several air and hotshot units were dispatched to fight the flames. Firefighters will return to the fire area on Wednesday.

Drivers were told to expect delays in the area. Television footage shows brush burning west and away from the highway, which is one of the main routes to northern Arizona.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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