- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on Arizona wildfires (all times local):

11:10 a.m.

A 90-mile stretch of a state highway in a rural area of eastern Arizona has reopened after being closed nearly a week due to a wildfire.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says U.S. 191 between Morenci and Alpine reopened Tuesday but that there could be short traffic delays because firefighters continue to work on the wildfire.

The lightning-caused fire burned nearly 4.8 square miles (12.4 sq. kilometers) of timber, brush and grass. It was discovered June 27 about 40 miles (64.4 kilometers) north of Clifton.

The fire was 60 percent contained as of Monday as crews continued to mop up and patrol the fire.

The highway was closed after the fire shift direction over the July 1-2 weekend.


9:30 a.m.

Recent monsoon rain has helped stop the growth of a wildfire in mountains overlooking Tucson and an evacuation order for the summer-retreat community of Summerhaven has been lifted.

The Mount Lemmon highway remains closed to the general public but the evacuation order for Summerhaven was lifted Monday for residents and employees.

Fire management officials say the rain and firefighters’ containment work means there’s no longer a threat to structures.

The fire has burned 42.5 square miles (110.1 sq. kilometers) of grass, brush and timber on the Sana Catalina Mountains’ eastern flanks since starting June 30. Containment is estimated at 65 percent.

The number of personnel assigned to the fire has dropped to under 500, down from nearly 700.

The fire’s cause is under investigation.

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