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Wildfire closes 1 lane of I-70 in western Colorado

August 9, 2018

DENVER (AP) — One lane of Interstate 70 in western Colorado is shut down as firefighters work to contain a wildfire that broke out near the highway.

The 5-acre (2-hectare) fire started Wednesday and quickly spread up the slope on the north side of the highway near Glenwood Springs. I-70 was temporarily shut down to allow firefighters and a helicopter, using water from the Colorado River, to attack it.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Walter Stowe says crews are putting out hotspots and building more containment lines on Thursday. It was 70 percent contained in the morning.

Meanwhile, in southwestern Colorado, residents north of Dolores have been warned to be ready to evacuate if the Plateau Fire spreads toward them. The fire, which was started by lightning, was reported July 22.

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