UPDATE: Highway 60 reopens after Copper Canyon Fire prompts shutdowns

Copper Canyon Fire burns over 2,000 acres
Copper Canyon Fire burns over 2,000 acres(InciWeb)
Published: May. 7, 2021 at 4:12 PM MST|Updated: May. 8, 2021 at 11:18 AM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The U.S. 60 has reopened after closing from fire threats due to the Copper Canyon Fire on Friday, May 7.

The Copper Canyon Fire started Friday afternoon approximately 3 miles northeast of Globe in Gila County. The fire was fueled by hot, dry and windy conditions making suppression difficult. US 60 was closed in both directions outside of Globe as the Arizona Department of Transportation evaluated the damage to the guardrails near mile marker 253.

Officials with Arizona State Forestry wrote in a tweet the Copper Canyon Fire burned more than 2,560 acres as of 11:46 a.m. on May 9. Arizona State Forestry officials determined this is a human-caused fire. Handcrews, engines and an air tanker are helping with the firefighting efforts.

This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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