Summary: The Verde Fire remained at approximately 2,730 acres at the end of Tuesday, with minimal fire activity along the fire’s edge, because of cooler morning temperatures and overcast skies. Crews will be shuttled into the fire today to begin building fireline and preparing for possible firing operations if weather conditions are favorable. Smoke has decreased, but may continue to be visible throughout the day and into the evening hours. The following resources are on the fire: Geronimo Hotshots, Pima Type 2 Initial Attack Crew, three engines and one helicopter.

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Suspect stole information of a dealership customer

PHOENIX – A man who allegedly used a stolen identity to purchase a sports car and stick the victim with the bill was arrested on a felony warrant after detectives with the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General brought the case before a grand jury.

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ADOT using reinforced soil for bridge abutments at Meteor City Road

PHOENIX – An Arizona Department of Transportation project replacing the Interstate 40 bridge at Meteor City Road is using innovative techniques that get the work done faster, limit inconvenience for motorists and reduce long-term maintenance costs.

This work, which began in mid-July, is creating abutments by putting in alternating layers of granular fill reinforced with synthetic material. It’s ADOT’s first use of this technique, known as a geosynthetic reinforced soil-integrated bridge system, to rebuild an overpass.

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Woodbury Fire creates potential for damage to roadway, hazard to public

PHOENIX – Because of the potential for severe flooding from areas burned in the Woodbury Fire, a 7-mile, unpaved section of State Route 88 (Apache Trail) will remain closed from an area several miles east of Tortilla Flat to just west of the Apache Lake marina turnoff while the Arizona Department of Transportation continues assessing conditions.

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Extensive upgrades authorized for water and wastewater system

Phoenix — Commissioners order EPCOR Water Arizona, Inc., while acting as Interim Manager of Johnson Utilities, LLC, to commence work on 70 projects identified in a 3-year capital improvement plan. The plan, as proposed by EPCOR, anticipates 22 wastewater projects totaling $67,760,000 and 48 water projects totaling $61,720,000 for an overall 2019-2022 capital improvement project total of $129,480,000.

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TUCSON, Arizona - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Port of Nogales seized 58 pounds of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and prescription pills on Thursday.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 43-year-old Mexican man for further inspection of his Chevy truck as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico early Thursday morning. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of a scent it was trained to detect, officers removed 10 packages of cocaine from within the dashboard and heater core. The packages weighed more than 26 pounds, worth nearly $633,000.

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