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State Route 87 northbound closed due to brush fire

ADOT said the closure is at milepost 199 near Bush Highway.

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. — A brush fire has closed the northbound lanes of State Route 87 north of Fountain Hills, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

ADOT said the road closure is at milepost 199 near Bush Highway. The brush fire is at milepost 204, about 14 miles north of Fountain Hills.

Southbound lanes are unaffected by the brush fire.

Drivers in the northbound lanes should expect delays and seek an alternate route, ADOT said. 

There is no estimated time for the roadway to reopen.

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Wildfire Go-Kit:

Residents in wildfire-prone areas are urged to have an emergency supplies kit to bring with them of they are evacuated from their homes, especially as Arizona residents are beginning to see early widespread fire activity throughout the state.

An emergency supply kit should be put together long before a wildfire or another disaster occurs. Make sure to keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you when you have to evacuate.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that residents near a disaster store emergency supplies in a plastic tub, small suitcase, trash can, backpack, or other containers.

Residents should make sure they have the necessities, such as three gallons of water per person and a three-day supply of ready-to-eat food, the NFPA said. A first-aid kit, prescription medications, contact lenses, and non-prescription drugs should also be taken into account.

Copies of any important family documents, including insurance policies, identification, bank account records, and emergency contact numbers should also be taken and put into a waterproof, portable container in your kit, the NFPA said.

The association lists other items that would help in a disaster, including:

  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio and a NOAA weather radio to receive up-to-date information
  • Dust mask or cotton T-shirt to filter the air
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Complete change of clothing including long pants, long sleeve shirts, and sturdy shoes stored in a waterproof container
  • Signal flare

The entire NFPA checklist of supplies can be found here.

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