A portion of westbound I-70 closed at mile marker 81 on Tuesday afternoon as Colorado firefighters battled a small brush fire.

According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the brush fire initially closed all left-bound traffic, with one lane reopening as of 3:20 PM. Traffic is being diverted onto Highway 6. Eastbound traffic was not impacted by the fire. Responding agencies included Colorado River Fire Rescue and Grand Valley Fire Protection District.

The risk of wildfire is running high with strong winds, low humidities, and dry fuels present across nearly the entire state. Several red flag warnings remain in effect for Tuesday afternoon through much of Wednesday evening, with some areas seeing potential winds speeds of up to 60 mph.

Check CDOT’s Facebook, Twitter (@coloradodot) or cotrip.org for closures and delays on highways and roads across Colorado.

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