COCONINO NATIONAL FOREST, AZ. — Officials say a wildfire, called the "Watermelon Fire," was started after an RV caught fire along Interstate 17 and spread to Coconino National Forest land.
It is currently reported to be 25-30 acres.
Firefighters have stopped forward progress of the fire and are working toward containment, according to officials.
The fire is reported to be along the I-17 at approximately milepost 303, 4 miles north of Sedona exit 298.
Firefighters are responding to a #wildfire 4 miles north of Sedona exit 298, at approximately milepost 303 on the northbound side of Interstate 17.— Coconino NF (@CoconinoNF) June 5, 2022
The #WatermelonFire began from an RV which caught on fire and spread to Coconino NF land.
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70 personnel in total, including a battalion, Hotshot crew, seven engines, two fire prevention patrol units, a fuels crew and law enforcement officers, are currently working to extinguish the fire.
The I-17 completely reopened approximately three hours after the fire started.
*CLOSURE UPDATE*— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) June 5, 2022
I-17 is now closed in BOTH directions north of SR 179 due to an incident that began as a vehicle fire and is now known as the #WatermelonFire.
SB is closed at milepost 306. NB is closed at milepost 299.
Expect delays and seek an alternate route.#aztraffic pic.twitter.com/vxrcV3MuFq