UPDATE: Highway 60 reopens after Copper Canyon Fire prompts shutdowns
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.
Fueled by dry veg & winds #CopperCanyonFire approx. 1,500 acres & still moving N/NE. Crews working thru night to provide structure protection to ranches N of fire. US 60 remains closed at this time. Fire determined human-cause & #AZForestry investigator assigned. #AZFire #Globe pic.twitter.com/wfDm20a4Vr— AZ State Forestry (@azstateforestry) May 8, 2021
#CopperCanyonFire UPDATE - 1,300 acres - 0 containment. Fire cont. to burn on both sides of highway. VLAT assisting to help secure N/NE side of fire. US 60 remains closed. Crews working structure protection to nearby ranch. #AZFire #AZForestry #Globe @gilacountygov @ArizonaDOT pic.twitter.com/8KivBtG3FQ— AZ State Forestry (@azstateforestry) May 7, 2021
This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
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