Crews battle wildfire along Interstate 70 west of Glenwood Springs

8.7.20 at 4 p.m.: CDOT reports I-70 west of Glenwood Springs now has all lanes open in the 111 Fire area.

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UPDATE: 8.7.20 at 9 a.m. – Crews made significant progress on the 111 Fire yesterday, which is now 85 percent contained at nine acres. The BLM Type 3 team has transferred the fire to a Type 4 team as final mop up operations continue, to help address remaining hot spots.

CDOT has a westbound closure on I-70 in effect again to assist with firefighting efforts on the 111 Fire. The closure is in the same location: Mile Point 111 – 113 in South Canyon, west of Glenwood Springs. CDOT indicates to plan for delays again this afternoon and evening; however lanes will reopen as soon as possible

Glenwood Springs, Colo. — On Aug. 5, the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit (UCR) along with Glenwood Springs Fire Department and other local agencies responded to a vegetation fire on the north side of Interstate 70 near mile marker 111.

Multiple agencies had a quick response and aided in the initial attack. Air support from the Pine Gulch Fire in western Garfield County was able to assist with water drops. Pre-evacuations were ordered for Ami’s Acres Campground during initial attack and will remain in place through this afternoon due to the red flag warning. There are currently no structures threatened.

Due to more accurate mapping, the fire is nine acres in size and crews have been able to stop the forward progression. The fire is determined to be human caused and is under investigation.

Colorado Department of Transportation with have the right-hand westbound lane temporarily closed during firefighting efforts. Travelers should expect slight delays and drive with caution.

“We saw great coordination between local, state and federal agencies which made for quick and efficient initial attack,” said UCR Incident Commander Ryan Hughes “That coordination and shared resources allowed us to be able to stop this fire from potentially becoming a large incident.”

Sixty-five personnel, one Type 3 helicopter, three hand crews, and several engines are securing the perimeter and extinguishing hotspots within the fire. Smoke may be seen, but is not expected to impact communities given the decrease in fire behavior and suppression efforts. With the current red flag warning and the hot and dry conditions, fire personnel are taking all precautions to gain full containment by end of today.

Fire updates are available at garfiedcounty.net emergency management feed. Visit garco911.com to register for emergency alerts, including evacuations and all hazard notifications.

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The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit (UCR) includes Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service firefighting resources that cover 5.8 million acres along the Interstate 70, Colorado River and Roaring Fork River corridors from the Continental Divide to the Utah state line. The UCR includes the White River National Forest and the BLM’s Colorado River Valley and Grand Junction field offices. The UCR cooperates with other federal and state agencies, local communities, and fire departments on a wide range of activities including fuels treatments, fire prevention, and suppression.

Crews battle wildfire along Interstate 70 west of Glenwood Springs