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Copper Mountain closed while crews work at gas leak

Copper Mountain
Posted at 6:13 AM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 15:11:15-05

UPDATE: We are updating the Copper Mountain story here and all road and ski closures here.


SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — Summit Fire & EMS and Copper Mountain Fire are responding to a large gas leak near Copper Mountain, according to Colorado State Patrol. The mountain is closed while the line is being repaired.

Summit Fire said an avalanche near the Conoco station in Copper Mountain ruptured a natural gas pipeline Thursday morning, sparking the leak. Steve Lipsher with Summit Fire said they got the call around 5 a.m. Despite earlier reports from authorities, he said there are no evacuations.

Xcel staff is at the scene.

Highway 91 is closed in both directions between Leadville and Copper Mountain. Interstate 70 is closed between Frisco and Vail.

READ MORE: Avalanche closes I-70 between Copper Mountain and Vail, one tow truck caught in slide

This is a developing story. Stay with Denver7 for updates.