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Wildfire temporarily closes I-70 near West Glenwood Springs on Wednesday

Both lanes on I-70 were closed on Wednesday afternoon after a wildfire started in West Glenwood Springs.
Both lanes on I-70 were closed on Wednesday afternoon after a wildfire started in West Glenwood Springs.(Glenwood Springs Fire Department)
Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 3:19 PM MDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2020 at 9:33 AM MDT
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - Both lanes on I-70 were closed on Wednesday afternoon after a wildfire started in West Glenwood Springs.

All lanes are currently open, and the fire is roughly 30 percent contained.

Colorado River Fire Rescue sent multiple resources to the fire, and multiple aircraft were on scene Wednesday afternoon. The fire got to be around 35-40 acres, burning on the steep slopes in South Canyon.

At one point, seven aircraft were working the fire, many of whom were already in the Western Slope battling the Pine Gulch Fire north of Grand Junction. You can read more about this fire here: https://www.kjct8.com/2020/08/02/pine-gulch-fire-burns-over-1000-acres/

The Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center has ordered several aircraft to the fire.
The Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center has ordered several aircraft to the fire.(Garfield County Sheriff's Office)

West Glenwood Springs is under pre-evacuation orders, but no evacuations have occurred thus far.

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