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Crews battling brush fire along Loop 303 in north Phoenix

23 June 2017

- A brush fire has closed off two freeways in North Phoenix, according to officials.

Loop 303 is closed westbound at I-17.

The fire sparked around 12:45 p.m. Thursday along Loop 303 just west of Interstate 17.

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I-17 is closed northbound at Loop 101, and southbound at Pioneer Road, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

ADOT expanded the I-17 closure as the fire grew. Crews were working to establish cut off points for the fire, Phoenix FD said.

There is no estimated time to reopen the freeway.

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Drivers drivers were encouraged to use alternate routes, including State Route 74, though the eastbound SR 74 was closed.

Authorities say an 11-mile stretch of Interstate 17 is closed in both directions in north Phoenix due to heavy smoke from a 50-acre brush fire in the area.

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Crews battling brush fire along Loop 303 in north Phoenix