Suspicious fires break out along I-70 |

Suspicious fires break out along I-70

Heidi RiceGarfield County correspondentAspen, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE A series of suspicious, small fires along the north side of Interstate 70 broke out around 6 p.m. Wednesday between New Castle and Silt, closing a westbound lane of traffic for a period of time.”We had a series of spot fires in a six mile stretch between New Castle and Silt,” said Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario. “They were right off the highway on the shoulder of the road.”The fires occurred between mile marker 104, around one mile west of New Castle and mile marker 98 near Silt, almost simultaneously, within five minutes, Vallario said.The fires were reported around 6 p.m. and were extinguished by about 7:15 p.m. No damage to structures or injuries were reported.The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office responded, as did the New Castle Police Department, the Burning Mountain Fire Department and the Rifle Fire Department.Investigation of the actual cause of the fires will be continued on Thursday.Vallario said weather conditions were not considered a factor and there were no controlled burns. The fires could have been started by ignitors such as cigarette butts or firecrackers.”We don’t know, but it seems suspicious – at least it sure looks funny to me,” he said.

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