- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A northern Arizona highway that was clouded in smoke from a wildfire has reopened.

A five-mile stretch of US 180 north of Flagstaff was closed to traffic Sunday due to smoke and firefighting activity. It reopened Monday afternoon after smoke diminished and firefighting efforts moved away from the highway.

The highway is the primary route between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.

The fire has burned more than 500 acres and was 90 percent contained late Monday. Coconino National Forest officials say the majority of heavy fuels have been consumed. It’s expected to be fully contained Tuesday.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation but forest officials say it was human-caused.


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