UPDATE: SR 83 reopens after brush fire southeast of Tucson

UPDATE: SR 83 reopens after brush fire southeast of Tucson
Slurry drop on brush fire off State Route 83. (Source: Corona de Tucson Fire)
Slurry drop on brush fire off State Route 83. (Source: Corona de Tucson Fire)
The Barrel Fire burned an area north of Sonoita on Wednesday, May 16. (Source: U.S. Forest Service)
The Barrel Fire burned an area north of Sonoita on Wednesday, May 16. (Source: U.S. Forest Service)
Brush fires close Highway 83 southeast of Tucson. (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation)
Brush fires close Highway 83 southeast of Tucson. (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - State Route 83 is fully reopened, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Firefighters were working to control the flames on a brush fire that erupted north of Sonoita, around 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. So far the fire has reached 260 acres.

Crews have been fighting flames high up in the hills, with helicopters flying overhead.  Emergency crews closed State Route 83 in both directions, leaving motorists stranded for up to three hours.

"Lots of hot shots go by, seen the helicopters and the airplanes," said Antonia Enriquez, who was caught in the closure of SR 83. "Now I'm feeling like I maybe should've turned around and gone another direction."

Aircraft dropping fire suppressant were in the area helping crews slow the flames.  Authorities are calling this the Barrel Fire.

No word yet on what caused the fire.

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