UPDATE (5:30 PM MT): We have confirmed that Eastbound lanes are open. Westbound is open, but only one lane. Expect delays headed Westbound. Also, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office would like to ask that drivers do not slow down for pictures, as this can hold up traffic and cause more issues.
UPDATE (4:40 PM MT): I-70 Westbound safety closure has been lifted between Exit 44 near Palisade and Exit 62 near De Beque, according to a tweet by the Colorado Department of Transportation. This is limited to one lane, so expect delays. The most recent update on Eastbound lanes comes from an hour ago when opening was looking like apossibility soon, though an opening has not been confirmed.
UPDATE (4:00 PM MT): The Colorado Department of Transportation has tweeted that I-70 is still closed in both directions, though an alternative route – CO 65 – has been opened to EASTBOUND traffic.
According to a Facebook post by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, I-70 has been shut down in both directions (2:56 PM MT) between Palisade and De Beque due to a wildfire in the area. Their post did not indicate when the road is expected to reopen, though it did mention that both ground and air resources are working to contain the blaze.
The fire in question is a brush fire that’s estimated to be 20 acres in size, producing quite a bit of smoke. At the time, it is not known how the fire was started. Hot and dry weather in the area has likely been a factor in it’s quick growth.
Editor’s Note: We’ll be keeping this story updated as much as we can, but please, check the official source for the most up-to-date information.
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