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I-40 reopens due to smoke; deadly wreck blamed on prescribed burn

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Posted at 8:36 AM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-19 15:10:18-04

Interstate 40 has reopened west of Flagstaff in northern Arizona after a five-hour closure Wednesday morning because of a fatal accident and smoke in the area. 

The highway was closed between Flagstaff and Williams.  

The Department of Public Safety says one person was killed in a three-vehicle wreck involving two trucks and a passenger vehicle.

DPS spokesman Bart Graves says there were numerous wrecks with minor injuries in the area due to reduced visibility from smoke from a prescribed burn that it's too early to say whether the smoke caused the fatal crash.