House-to-house evacuations ongoing in Big Bug Creek Fire
Big Bug Creek Fire closes Hwy 69 South in Mayer and both sides of I-17
Updated as of Tuesday, June 28, 2016 4:55 PM
CORDES LAKES – A brush fire burning near mile post 262 on Interstate-17 has forced the closure of I-17 in both directions. Highway 69 Southbound in Mayer is also shutdown.
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office issued a mandatory evacuation in sections of Cordes Lakes.
4:55 p.m.: Authorities are turning around northbound Interstate 17 drivers at Sunset Point.
4:30 p.m.: BLM reports fire impact is 700 acres.
3:20 p.m.: Southbound Interstate 17 reopened. Arizona Department of Transportation says highway closures will continue to change as needed.
3:00 p.m.: Interstate 17 is closed again at Highway 69. Department of Public Safety officials suggest an alternate routes on state highways 87 and 260 through Payson.
Another alternate route between Prescott and Phoenix is Highway 89 through Yarnell.
According to Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Dolores Garcia, fire managers request the public's assistance to avoid travel in the area so emergency fire resources can access the fire.
Resources on the fire include multiple engines, helicopters and multiple air tankers from the BLM, Arizona State Forestry, and multiple community fire departments.
2:35 p.m.: Shelter has been set up at Mayer High School, 17300 E. Mule Deer Drive.
1:30 p.m.: Southbound Interstate 17 reopened.
1:00 p.m.: BLM reports mandatory evacuations.
12:23pm: Fire now at 100 acres, threatening Cordes Junction, says BLM.
12:30pm: Northbound motorists can use Highway 87 to Highway 260, west to Camp Verde and north on I-17.
Southbound motorists can use I-17 south to Highway 260 at Camp Verde, east to Highway 87 and south on Highway 87 to the Phoenix area.
More info as it becomes available.