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Firefighters battle grassland blaze along State Route 89A east of Cottonwood

Officials said the cause of a fire east of Cottonwood on Wednesday afternoon was Volkswagen Van. (Vyto Starinskas/Verde Independent )

Officials said the cause of a fire east of Cottonwood on Wednesday afternoon was Volkswagen Van. (Vyto Starinskas/Verde Independent )

COTTONWOOD — A brush fire closed both directions of State Route 89A east of Cottonwood on Wednesday afternoon, June 13, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Motorists were directed to detour around the highway closure by taking Interstate 17.

Verde Valley firefighting crews battled the grassland fire, The Verde Independent reported.