Dust forces another I-10 closure between Arizona, New Mexico

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SAN SIMON, Ariz. (AP) – A 60-mile stretch of Interstate 10 in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico had to be closed for about four hours because of blowing dust from a farm field.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials say the stretch was reopened around 6 p.m. Monday when winds settled down.

It was the second such closure in two days for the 60-mile span and at least the sixth since late last month.

The closure ran from just east of Willcox, Arizona, to Lordsburg, New Mexico.

Traffic had to be detoured 110 miles through Safford, Arizona, on U.S. 191 and U.S. 70.

The blowing dust comes off a field near San Simon, Arizona.

State officials are working with the owner of recently cleared farm land to water it down and reduce the airborne dust.

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