Cordes Junction

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Phoenix District is planning to conduct a 100-acre prescribed burn of hazardous fuels within the Agua Fria National Monument, for one to three days between January 19 – 21.

The BLM will choose the best days to ignite the fire when the weather conditions are most favorable.  The burn will reduce encroaching juniper into grasslands, and improve the habitat of the pronghorn antelope.

State Route 69 remains closed between Interstate 17 in Cordes Junction and State Route 169 in Prescott Valley as crews continue fighting the Goodwin Fire, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Drivers heading to or from the Prescott area can alternate routes including State Route 169 and State Route 89, but they should leave prepared for the possibility of heavy traffic and delays on those routes.

There is no estimate available on when State Route 69 will reopen. It is possible the highway will remain closed all day Wednesday.

State Route 69 is closed in both directions because of the Goodwin Fire near Mayer, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The highway is closed between Interstate 17 at Cordes Junction and the State Route 169 junction near Prescott.

There is no estimated time to reopen the highway.

Drivers should use alternate routes and be prepared for delays on those routes. Motorists headed to Prescott may take State Route 169 or State Route 89 instead of SR 69.

Working with fire officials, Arizona Department of Transportation crews are staged to close State Route 69 between Cordes Junction and Prescott should smoke from the Goodwin Fire reduce visibility.

The fire is burning south of the community of Mayer.

Motorists traveling to or from the Prescott area should research conditions before leaving by visiting the Arizona Traveler Information site at, calling 511 or following ADOT’s Twitter account at @ArizonaDOT.

Update (June 28, 2016 at 9:31 p.m.)

One lane of Interstate 17 northbound has reopened south of Cordes Junction, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The highway has been closed intermittently throughout the day because of a wildfire in the area.

The right lane on I-17 northbound will remain closed from Sunset Point to State Route 69 (mileposts 251-262). The right lane closure is expected to be in place overnight.

The southbound lanes of I-17 are also open.

A brush fire has closed Interstate 17 southbound about 1 mile north of the Sunset Point Rest Area, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The closure is at milepost 255, which is about eight miles south of Cordes Junction.

There is no estimated time to reopen southbound lanes. Northbound lanes of I-17 remain open.

For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at or call 511. 

A wildfire was detected approximately 3 miles northwest of Cleator, Ariz., burning on the north side of SA Hill (T11N, R1E, S8).

The lightning-caused SA Hill Fire was reported by the Mt. Union Lookout and is estimated at 50 acres. The fire is burning in grass, brush, pinyon pine, and juniper.

Firefighters from the Prescott NF are taking action in securing the perimeter. There are no road closures or structures at risk. Smoke may be visible to drive on I-17 and Highway 69 near Mayer and Cordes Junction.

Resources assigned to the fire include:


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