UPDATE: 8.6.20 at 8 p.m. – Both westbound lanes are open; delays will shorten as traffic moves through South Canyon.
Mile marker 111 Fire update
FINAL UPDATE: Crews made significant progress on the 111 Fire today, which is now 85 percent contained at nine acres. The right-hand lane of westbound I-70 was closed while crews worked on the steep rugged terrain, mopping up any existing hot spots. Westbound I-70 traffic is backed up at Glenwood Springs, please drive with caution through the area.
8.6.20 at 3 p.m. – Motorists should plan for significant delays on I-70 westbound in the Glenwood Springs area. Westbound traffic is moving slowly due to a lane closure in South Canyon, west of Glenwood Springs, which is necessary for assisting firefighting operations on the 111 Fire. It is likely the delays will continue well into the evening, due to heavy commuter traffic.
GCSO: Road closures in place near DeBeque due to Pine Gulch Fire
Wildland fire is burning 18 miles north of Grand Junction
The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team sent out a press release at 10:00 AM this morning regarding the Pine Gulch Fire near DeBeque, Colorado. The fire, initially triggered by a lightning strike on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land in Mesa County, had expanded tremendously. By Wednesday evening, it had grown to 11,846 acres and moved into Garfield County.
The expansions into Garfield County has necessitated the closure of area roads at key intersections. Garfield County Road 200 is closed at the intersection of CR204/X ½ Road and County Road 200. Only local residents/homeowners will be allowed access to CR 200 with limited access for the ranchers and fossil fuel operators at the lower end of CR 200.
The second closure is at the “Y” by the High Lonesome Ranch on CR 200.
Road closures are necessary for the health, safety and protection of the public as well as the first responders called upon to battle a wildland fire. Closures allow for safe movement of equipment and personnel, necessary to fight the fire, into and out of the area.
We appreciate the concern as well as the cooperation of the public by minimizing their travels into these areas and obeying all closure signs when it is necessary to travel into the areas. Remember to that all wildland fire areas are “No Drone” flight areas.
Additional information will be released as it becomes available.