Highway 87 Closed South Of Highway 188 Turnoff

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Officials have closed Highway 87 south of the Highway 188 turnoff due to a 50-acre brush fire.

The Long Fire is burning on the Tonto National Forest between mileposts 210 and 215, roughly 35 miles south of Payson.

Smoke is visible from Phoenix, but not the Rim Country.

Due to the closure, the traffic on Highway 188 is dense, a long line of trailers, campers and boaters making their way home after the holiday week.

Officials say the fire is being fought from the sky and on the ground.

Payson and Tonto Basin fire departments, DPS and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office are all helping on the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Officials say they are trying to keep the flames from the Dos S Ranch.

For updates, check www.az511.com.

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