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.
Interstate 70 WB at MP 81 has one lane closed due to small brush fire. @CORiverFire is on-scene and making quick work of this fire. Please USE CAUTION through the area!
🖼️-Courtesy of @GarcoSheriffCO pic.twitter.com/Csh3aoPu5S
— CSP Eagle (@CSP_Eagle) May 19, 2020
I-70 WB: Fire department activity between Exit 87 – US 6; Rifle and Exit 75 – Parachute. Update: Right lane blocked https://t.co/3jw8hVUfn8
— CDOT (@ColoradoDOT) May 19, 2020
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.
Heads up! Confidence is increasing that dry microbursts will create very strong winds up to 60 mph late this afternoon and evening. Secure loose objects around your house and drive safely especially if you are in a high profile vehicle. #COwx pic.twitter.com/9kxCAwYmbj
— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) May 19, 2020
Check CDOT’s Facebook, Twitter (@coloradodot) or cotrip.org for closures and delays on highways and roads across Colorado.
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