A 10-15-acre blaze dubbed the 'Straight Creek Fire' sparked in Summit County on Thursday evening, resulting in eastbound Interstate 70 lanes being shut down at mile marker 205 – the Silverthorne exit – around 7:30 PM. The lanes were reopened about two and a half hours later, but more travel impacts were on the way.
#BREAKING— CSP Eagle (@CSP_Eagle) June 11, 2021
I-70 CLOSED EB at Silverthorne (MP 205) due to new wildfire just south of the interstate. The fire is near MP 209, which is between the #EisenhowerTunnel and Silverthorne. ALT Route is HWY 6 over Loveland Pass@Summit_Fire @SummitSheriffCO pic.twitter.com/sOZiyrDv70
With firefighting operations lasting into Friday morning, crews have again closed one lane of eastbound traffic in the area of Silverthorne as of 9:35 AM, which is expected to cause some delays. Drivers are asked to move over and slow down while passing the scene. Do not stop and gawk.
Here's a look at the fire on Thursday night:
The most recent images from the scene show smoke rising up from a forested area directly to the side of road.
Be aware of the possibility of a full closure while traveling in the area. It is likely that drivers will again be redirected over Loveland Pass via US Highway 6 if a closure is put back in place. This could occur if there is an uptick in fire activity.
As of 10:20 AM, authorities also closed the Straight Creek Trailhead, which is accessed via CR 51.
The Straight Creek Fire was described as a 10-15-acre wildfire burning in the Straight Creek area between Tenderfoot Mountain and Interstate 70 on Thursday night around 9:30 PM, which was the last update released.