Bug Creek fire torches guardrails, creates extensive damage on Interstate 17

Posted at 4:30 PM, Jun 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-29 22:08:10-04

The work has started to repair damage to I-17 after the Bug Creek Fire tore through the area Tuesday.

The Arizona Department of Transportation estimates the damage around $65,000 to fix nearly two miles worth of guardrail posts, and signage that was torched by the blaze.

Crews are working 10 hour shifts, forcing one lane northbound of I-17 to be closed while repairs are made.

"The reason we need to repair them, obviously there is some very harsh landscape out here, and if a car were to come off the roadway for any reason, if it crashed, someone loses control, it would be a very dangerous situation for people to be out there. We need this guard rail to promote the safety for all of the drivers, so will get this taken care of as soon as we can," said Tom Herrmann ADOT spokesperson.

There will be no closures on Friday, or over the weekend to accommodate holiday traffic. 

The fire is currently 80% contained.