Interstate 10 is closed in both directions in southeastern Arizona due to blowing dust in New Mexico, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The closure is expected to last until winds calm late in the day. Drivers should plan for delays and use alternate routes.

I-10 is closed for about 60 miles, with eastbound traffic stopped at milepost 352, just east of Willcox. Westbound traffic is stopped at Lordsburg, New Mexico, about 20 miles east of the state line.

The Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest expects to begin the Paddy’s River Prescribed Fire as early as mid- December, 2016. The project area consists of National Forest System lands in the southern portion of the Galiuro Mountains in southeastern Arizona, and is included in the Coronado’s Galiuro FireScape Project.

The project boundaries lie between High Creek on the south and Deer Creek on the north and contains the Paddy’s River drainage, Black Canyon, Wood Canyon, and High Creek including both wilderness and non-wilderness land in rugged terrain.

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