Wildfire forces closure on I-70

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. — A brush fire Saturday forced evacuations and the closure of a stretch of Interstate 70 in western Colorado.

Colorado State Patrol (CSP) said the Duck Pond fire, estimated at 25-30 acres, is burning near mile marker 137 between Dotsero and Gypsum. I-70 was closed in both directions between Glenwood Springs and Rifle, but it has reopened.

An evacuation order has been issued for the western end of Gypsum to Dotsero. That includes everywhere south of Highway 6 from mile marker 140 to the Dotsero interchange, including Riverdance RV park and Stoneyard Distillery.

Eagle County Animal Services is available to take in pets at 1400 Fairgrounds Road. An evacuation shelter is being set up at Eagle River Center at 794 Fairgrounds Road.

Eagle County officials said the area is difficult to access because of its proximity to the Eagle River, adding to the challenge of fighting the fire.

No structures have been lost to the fire.

You can go to ecemergency.org for more information.

Weather conditions at the nearby Eagle Regional Airport showed winds blowing out of the south-southwest at 14 mph. Relative humidity was at 22% as of 4:45 pm

Traffic that made it through before the closure was put in place could be seen on Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) cameras backing up and being turned around.

Viewer Jenna Blatchford sent 9NEWS video just after 4:20 pm Saturday as she was driving by showing a wall of fire burning through the brush just off of the highway.

The cause of the fire has not yet been released.

This is a developing story and this article will be updated as information becomes available.

The video below is from a CDOT camera before it was turned off.

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