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Sunset Fire now 100 percent contained

UPDATE WEDS.: The Sunset Fire is 100 percent contained at 52 acres.

Original story: PRESCOTT – Drivers on northbound Interstate 17 should expect slowing north of Black Canyon City Tuesday, June 21, as firefighting personnel respond to the Sunset Fire on the east side of the highway.

“It’s is a fast-moving wildfire,” said Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Dolores Garcia.

She said the fire was initially reported as 50-80 acres and started by a passing vehicle Tuesday afternoon. It’s burning on or near the BLM-managed Agua Fria National Monument.

State federal and local resources responded, including two aircraft and six engines. Air tankers and a lead plane are on order.

“Part of our initial attack includes automatic helicopter response,” Garcia said.

She said firefighters from Black Canyon City and New River were among the first to respond.

Arizona Department of Transportation and Department of Public Safety are monitoring the situation.

Garcia said I-17 will remain open as long as it’s safe to do so.

The northbound right lanes, closest to the fire, are closed to provide space for firefighting resources.

She reminded motorists traveling in the area to slow down and be mindful of personnel working on the highway.

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