UPDATED: Wildfire Closes a Portion of I-70 in Glenwood Springs
A new wildfire has forced the closure of the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Springs.
[UPDATE:5:30 a.m.] Both lanes of I-70 are now open in both directions.
[UPDATE: 5:29 p.m.] The eastbound lanes of I-70 were closed for a short time from 3:45 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. One lane of westbound I-70 reopened at 5:00 p.m.
The fire started just off of the interstate between exit 111 and mile marker 112 and spread north up the hillside.
Firefighters have stopped the spread of the fire and are working to get it completely under control. They are also planning on staying at the site of the fire to extinguish hot spots and flare-ups.
[Original Story] A report from the Garfield County Sheriff's Office says the Interstate is closed at the West Glenwood Exit 114 due to a fire in South Canyon at mile marker 111.5.
The fire is near Amy's Acres and Mitchell Creek and pre-evacuation notices have been sent out to residents in those areas.
The size of the fire is unknown at this time. Crews are on scene and working to control the fire.
We will be updating this story as more information becomes available.