EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– A semi fire shut down westbound lanes of Interstate 70 on Monday for nearly five hours. One lane reopened about 4:30 p.m.

The fire was likely due to the semi’s brakes catching fire, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation closed westbound lanes of I-70 at Exit 190, the Vail Pass Summit, just before noon.

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The CDOT camera showed that traffic is backed up at the top of the pass at noon.

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One westbound lane was reopened about 4:30 p.m. Monday. It was unclear when the other lane would reopen.

The alternate route is to go from Copper Mountain to Leadville and then back to Minturn.

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