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Brush fire temporarily shuts down State Route 87 northeast of metro Phoenix

May 30, 2023, 2:19 PM | Updated: May 31, 2023, 5:42 am

Arizona State Route 87 was closed northeast of metro Phoenix on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, because of a...

(Facebook Photo/U.S. Forest Service-Tonto National Forest)

(Facebook Photo/U.S. Forest Service-Tonto National Forest)

PHOENIX — State Route 87 was closed northeast of metro Phoenix for several hours Tuesday afternoon because of a brush fire, authorities said.

The roadway, also known as the Beeline Highway, was closed around 1:15 p.m. in both directions at milepost 211, northeast of Fountain Hills, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.

The highway partially reopened in both directions around 5:15 p.m.

As of about 2 p.m. the fire had consumed 10 acres, according to Tonto National Forest officials. Ground and air support crews were working to combat the flames.

The right lane at milepost 211 is still closed, and there is no estimated time for reopening, ADOT said.

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Brush fire temporarily shuts down State Route 87 northeast of metro Phoenix