EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Firefighters in Eagle County rushed to a new fire between Glenwood Canyon and Gypsum. Authorities closed Interstate 70 between Glenwood Springs and Wolcott briefly Saturday afternoon. Then re-opened shortly before 8pm.
The Willowstone neighborhood in Gypsum has been ordered to evacuate. Authorities are calling this the Duck Pond Fire.
Residents and businesses in the Red Hill area are told to be ready to evacuate. This pre-evacuation zone includes: Beacon Road, Cedar Drive, Strohm Circle, Highland Road, Sunset Lane, Knob Lane.
— CO – Emergency Mgmt (@COEmergency) April 16, 2022
“Winds pushed the fire slowly in an easterly direction towards Gypsum. Fire crews responded, but the area presents challenging access issues,” Eagle County emergency authorities stated.
An evacuation shelter is being set up at Eagle River Center at 794 Fairgrounds Road. Pets are allowed. The American Red Cross is also responding.
Residents with livestock are told to call the CSU Extension campus at (970) 471-1097.
It’s not known when the interstate will reopen. Flames could be seen from a Colorado Department of Transportation camera.
Some drivers stuck in traffic decided to turn around.
Although a cause has not been determined, CSP says the fire is not related to a controlled burn in the area.
@forestservice is on scene of the fire by milepost 137. The interstate remains closed with no ETA to reopen between Glenwood Springs and Gypsum. Alternate route H13-H40-H131. Crews are doing their best to get this under control. Please be patient with @ColoradoDOT and troopers pic.twitter.com/xEfvQuxOMt
— CSP Eagle (@CSP_Eagle) April 17, 2022