A truckload of recyclables caught fire Thursday resulting in a reroute of northbound State Route 90 traffic and triggered a multi-agency response.
There were no injuries in the one-vehicle mishap, an Arizona Dept. of Public Safety patrolman on scene said. Dry vegetation and brush quickly caught fire. Fueled by easterly winds and enough consumption-ready fuel, authorities estimated some 20 acres had been burned east of the highway shortly after the incident that was reported just before 12:30 p.m., with that figure expected to increase.
It was unclear what started the fire and authorities on Monday remained unsure as to exact cause. The driver was able to stop and exit the truck at the first hint of smoke from the trailer, where the fire started.
The truck was loaded with scrap aluminum, wheels, and old batteries, a source of concern for responders, among several other assorted items.
Northbound highway traffic was detoured east at State Route 82.
Benson, Mescal/J-Six, St. David, Whetstone, Fort Huachuca and Tombstone Fire Depts. responded, along with DPS, Benson Police, Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and US Border Patrol, among other agencies.