SEDONA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – Northern Arizona firefighters are working to put out the Watermelon Fire, which temporarily shut down I-17 in both directions Sunday afternoon. Northbound lanes reopened at milepost 299 around 6:30 p.m., and southbound lanes reopened just before 7 p.m.
The fire started around 2:50 p.m. after officials say an RV caught fire near milepost 303, and the fire spread quickly into Coconino National Forest land. The wildfire is burning about 4 miles north of the Sedona exit at milepost 298. The fire is about 25 to 30 acres, but Coconino National Forest officials say forward progress has been stopped.
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