Crews mopping up fire between Parachute and Rulison |

Crews mopping up fire between Parachute and Rulison

A fired closes Interstate 70 and U.S. 6 are closed in both directions between Parachute and Rulison.
Josh Carney / Post Independent

Crews are mopping up a brush fire that completely halted traffic on Interstate 70 and U.S. 6 between Parachute and Rulison for about an hour Monday.

Westbound and eastbound traffic on I-70 is limited to one lane in both directions, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. U.S. 6 is open in both directions. Motorists should expect delays, according to CDOT.

The fire started in the median between the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-70 near mile marker 79, according to Walt Stowe, public information officer for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

It then jumped to the shoulder between the eastbound lanes and U.S. 6. Fortunately crews contained the flames before they spread too far, Stowe said.

The Post Independent will update this story as more details become available.

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