UPDATE: I-70 westbound near Glenwood Canyon reopens after vehicle fire | AspenTimes.com

UPDATE: I-70 westbound near Glenwood Canyon reopens after vehicle fire

Joshua Carney
Glenwood Springs Post Independent

An SUV is engulfed in flames Thursday morning at mile marker 117.

An SUV caught fire Thursday around 10:30 a.m. on Interstate 70 at mile marker 117, fully engulfing the vehicle and setting off a brief wildfire, according to Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Gary Tillotson.

Both lanes of the westbound interstate were reopened just before 1 p.m.

When firefighters arrived on scene, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames, while embers spread to vegetation on the other side of the Glenwood Canyon bike path, causing a small wildfire to break out. Firefighters were able to extinguish the wildfire quickly, before getting the car fire under control.

The westbound lanes were closed for a few hours for cleanup. At this time no injuries are reported, but responding officers did request an ambulance.

Mile marker 117 is just east of Glenwood Springs and the exit (MM 116) to Aspen.

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