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Fire burning along I-70 near Glenwood back at 90% containment

Joshua Carney
Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Highway traffic begins to fill Highway 6 in West Glenwood Springs as it is diverted from Interstate 70 Wednesday afternoon. A wildfire in South Canyon closed westbound traffic.

The 113 Fire burning alongside Interstate 70 in South Canyon was considered to be 95 percent contained as of mid-afternoon Thursday, with a goal of 100 percent containment by day's end, according to an afternoon update from the Garfield County Sheriff's Office.

"Operations will continue for the next several days as hot spots, interior to the fire containment, are addressed and the fire is monitored," according to the news release. "No highway or lane closures are anticipated at this time, but people passing the area should slow down and use extra caution to keep our ground personnel safe."

Both lanes of westbound I-70 were expected to open to traffic by 4 p.m. today, but fire operations will continue in the area and equipment and firefighters will be present on the shoulder.

"During this time particularly, people are asked to drive at reduced speeds and not to stop to view the area," the Sheriff's Office advised. "There is really very little to see as mop up operations continue."

Today’s efforts included 25 firefighters and equipment from various agencies. No further aerial drops of water were used and none are planned for today at this time.