Update: Around 7:46 p.m., ADOT reopened Highway 87, but restricted it to one lane in each direction.
Crews are closing Highway 87 in both directions after a brush fire broke out at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday roughly 20 miles south of town.
Crews are redirecting southbound traffic at the Highway 188 turnoff (which goes east to Roosevelt Lake) and northbound traffic at milepost 223, near the bottom of Slate Creek. Commercial vehicles are advised not to use Highway 188.
According to radio traffic, fire is burning in both the median and on both sides of the highway roughly 7.5 miles south of the Highway 188 turnoff.
It is unknown how the fire started. Payson Fire has sent one engine and ADOT and the Forest Service are on scene.