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Fire Along I-25 Near Berthoud Under Investigation

December 18, 2018
The Colorado State Patrol's Weld County troop posted to Twitter this photo of a fire on the west shoulder of Interstate 25 near the Berthoud exit about 6 p.m. on Monday. The State Patrol is investigating the cause of the fire, which may be fireworks, officials said.

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a fire on the shoulder of Interstate 25 just south of the Berthoud exit during the evening commute on Monday.

Though the cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed, initial reports were that it was sparked by fireworks, according to May Soricelli, spokeswoman for the Berthoud Fire Protection District.

“There’s no confirmation on that,” she said. “That’s how the call came in.”

The fire reportedly closed at least one lane of traffic on Interstate 25 as crews battled the flames that burned an area about 40-feet by 60-feet in size, according to Soricelli. The location, south of the Berthoud exit, is on the border between the Berthoud and Mountain View Fire districts.

Mountain View got the initial call and took control, though Berthoud firefighters also responded to help out.

The Weld County troop of the Colorado State Patrol posted on social media that one lane was closed about 6 p.m. on Monday along with a photo of the flames on the west shoulder of the road. It was reopened about 7:45 p.m.

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