MESA COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– A wildfire burning near Fruita forced officials to close all lanes of Interstate 70 for a few hours on Thursday.
Strong winds have pushed the Skipper Island Fire across I-70 where it is burning in scrub brush and cottonwood trees on the Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area.
I-70 was completely closed near Fruita and Loma. Traffic was diverted through the Fruita and Loma exits for east and westbound traffic.
Westbound lanes reopened at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. There is no estimate on when eastbound lanes will reopen.
No homes are threatened. What caused the fire is being investigated.
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