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I-70 reopens near Eagle after closure due to wildfire

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Posted at 4:10 PM, Jul 25, 2021

EAGLE, Colo. — A wildfire closed both directions of Interstate 70 between Eagle and Gypsum Sunday afternoon.

The westbound lanes reopened around 5:30 p.m. Sunday and the eastbound lanes opened about an hour later. The Greater Eagle Fire Protection District said the fire was out as of 9 p.m.

Around 4 p.m., the Colorado Department of Transportation issued a safety closure between Exit 140 (U.S. 6, Gypsum) and Exit 147 (Eagle). U.S. 6 is an alternate route.

The Colorado State Patrol said strong winds is caused erratic fire behavior and pushed flames to the east along the interstate.

Firefighters later said they were making good progress and have knocked down the head of the running fire.

The size of the blaze is not known.

There is no estimated time on when Eastbound I-70 will reopen.