- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SAN SIMON, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on closures of Interstate 10 in Arizona and New Mexico due to blowing dust (all times local):

5:02 p.m.

Arizona authorities say they are seeking penalties against the owner of a farm that has created dust storms so intense that Interstate 10 was shut down several times.

A spokeswoman for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality said they believed the landowner was cooperating at first but that he’s acted too slowly.

A 60-mile stretch of I-10 near the Arizona-New Mexico border was closed again on Tuesday because of blowing dust that creates low to no visibility. That section of the highway has closed at least seven times in the past few weeks as winds have picked up dust from a field near San Simon. The land was cleared but not planted on.

State officials spent several days watering the land in an effort to keep the dust grounded.

4:05 p.m.

A 60-mile stretch of Interstate 10 has reopened in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico after blowing dust in the area subsided.

Arizona State Trooper Kameron Lee says the latest closure between Willcox, Arizona, and Lordsburg, New Mexico, took effect shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday. It was at least the seventh such closure in recent weeks.

The stretch of I-10 reopened around 4 p.m.

Traffic was detoured 110 miles through Safford, Arizona, on U.S. 191 and U.S. 70.

Much of the blowing dust comes off a field near San Simon, Arizona.

State officials are working with the owner of recently cleared farm land to water it down and reduce the airborne dust.

1:05 p.m.

A 60-mile stretch of Interstate 10 is closed again in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico due to blowing dust.

Arizona State Trooper Kameron Lee says the latest closure between Willcox, Arizona, and Lordsburg, New Mexico, took effect shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday. It’s at least the seventh such closure in recent weeks.

Traffic is detoured 110 miles through Safford, Arizona, on U.S. 191 and U.S. 70.

Much of the blowing dust comes off a field near San Simon, Arizona.

State officials are working with the owner of recently cleared farm land to water it down and reduce the airborne dust.

9:05 a.m.

A blowing dust advisory has been issued for an area where low-visibility conditions have forced multiple closures of a 60-mile stretch of Interstate 10 in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico.

The advisory issued Tuesday by the National Weather Service for eastern Cochise County in Arizona is set to run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The latest of at least six closures since late April shut I-10 between Wilcox, Arizona, and Lordsburg, New Mexico, for about four hours Monday.

Traffic during closures is detoured 110 miles through Safford, Arizona, on U.S. 191 and U.S. 70.

Much of the blowing dust comes off a field near San Simon, Arizona.

State officials are working with the owner of recently cleared farm land to water it down and reduce the airborne dust.

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