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Wildfire closes stretch of Highway 119 near Black Hawk

Drivers were asked to use I-70 to the Central City Parkway as an alternate route.
Credit: Gilpin County Sheriff's Office, Black Hawk Fire, Timberline Fire

BLACK HAWK, Colo. — Efforts to fight a wildfire closed a four-mile stretch of Highway 119 near Black Hawk Saturday afternoon.

The fire grew to four acres before it was contained, according to a spokesperson for the Gilpin County Sheriff's Office (GCSO).

According to Colorado State Patrol, Highway 119 closed between US 6 and Mill Street in Black Hawk at around 2:20 p.m.

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Drivers were asked to use Interstate 70 to Central City Parkway as an alternate route to assess the gambling destinations of Black Hawk and Central City.

Credit: Gilpin County Sheriff's Office, Black Hawk Fire, Timberline Fire

GCSO announced at around 3:30 p.m. that the highway had reopened.

No structures were threatened, according to GCSO.

The weather was dry and windy on Saturday afternoon. 

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