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Colorado fire temporarily shuts westbound I-70

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

FRUITA, Colo. – Authorities suspect lighting caused a 35-acre wildfire that forced temporary shutdowns of westbound Interstate 70 near Fruita Sunday and Monday.

The fire started at about 6 p.m. and at one point burned brush in the median of I-70. Crews later contained the flames to the north side of the highway.

The interstate was closed again around noon Monday when the fire flared up. It was reopened later in the afternoon.

No injuries were reported, but a water line and some power lines were damaged.

Authorities say a small structure was threatened but did not burn.

Fruita is about 10 miles west of Grand Junction and 200 miles west of Denver.

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