The Badger Fire was reported on Tuesday, May 20, at 2:30 p.m., burning near milepost marker 255 on Interstate 17, near the Badger Springs Exit.
The fire burned into the median, and has headed east into the Agua Fria National Monument. There have been no injuries to date. The fire is 50 percent contained.
As of 1,800 is estimated to be 200 acres. Mapping later tonight will provide a more accurate figure.
Interstate 17 has opened north and southbound but resources are still on scene. Travelers are advised to expect delays into the evening and to use caution in the area as smoke may still be present on the roadway.