BYERS, Colo. (CBS4)– A portion of Interstate 70 was closed for hours and evacuations ordered on Tuesday as crews rushed to put out a wildfire. The fire burned less than 100 acres and no structures were lost.

Both directions of I-70 were closed at Exit 316, US 36 Byers and reopened just after 2 p.m.

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A total of 96 acres burned and about 100 homes targeted in the evacuation order have been allowed to return home. No structures burned in the fire.

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The Arapahoe County Wildland Fire Team is working along with other jurisdictions including Byers Fire District, South Metro Fire Rescue, Bennett Fire and more on the fire.

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What started the fire is being investigated. A helicopter was making water drops on the fire from a nearby retention pond.

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