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Duck Pond Fire in western Colorado now 60% contained

I-70 through Glenwood Canyon was closed Saturday due to the brush fire, which is burning near Gypsum.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. — A brush fire that forced evacuations and the closure of a stretch of Interstate 70 in western Colorado Saturday is now 60% contained, Eagle County officials said. 

The county said the fire has burned about 89 acres in the river corridor near mile marker 137 between Dotsero and Gypsum. No structures have been lost. About 35 firefighters were fighting the fire Sunday afternoon. 

The fire was determined to be human-caused, but it's still under investigation.  

I-70 was closed in both directions between Glenwood Springs and Rifle for several hours Saturday due to the fire. It reopened around 8 p.m. The Colorado Department of Transportation said it could close again if conditions change.

Evacuation orders that were put in place Saturday were lifted at 6 p.m. Sunday.

 

> Map of evacuation and pre-evacuation areas

Eagle County officials said the area is difficult to access because of its proximity to the Eagle River, adding to the challenge of fighting the fire. 

Viewer Jenna Blatchford sent 9NEWS video just after 4:20 p.m. Saturday as she was driving by showing a wall of fire burning through the brush just off of the highway.

> The video below is from a CDOT camera before it was turned off.

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