Fire crews keep 111 Fire west of Glenwood from progressing, aim for full containment by the end of Thursday |

Fire crews keep 111 Fire west of Glenwood from progressing, aim for full containment by the end of Thursday

Glenwood Springs Post Independent Staff Report
The hillside continues to burn after a fire broke out on the just above I-70 at MM 113 in South Canyon closing the interstate for multiple hours.
Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Fire crews have successfully kept a fire from growing after it forced the closure of Interstate 70 on Wednesday in South Canyon west of Glenwood Springs.

A news release from the Bureau of Land Management on Thursday reports that no structures are threatened and that the fire is roughly 9 acres in size. A pre-evacuation order for the nearby Ami’s Acres Campground remains in place, however, because of a red flag warning issued Thursday.

Numerous agencies including the Upper Colorado Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit and Glenwood Springs Fire Department responded quickly to the blaze Wednesday, with aerial units from the nearby Pine Gulch Fire providing water drops.

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

On Thursday, 65 people, one helicopter and multiple engines continued working the fire. That means the right-hand lane of I-70 westbound will remain closed until their work is done.

“Travelers should expect slight delays and drive with caution,” the release states.

Firefighters aim to have the fire fully contained by the end of Thursday.

“Smoke may be seen, but is not expected to impact communities given the decrease in fire behavior and suppression efforts,” the release states.

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