Brush fire near Highway 50 bypass expected to be fully extinguished by nightfall

Posted at 2:14 PM, Apr 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-04 16:14:55-04

Multiple agencies are battling a homeless camp fire near a creek near the Highway 50 Bypass and I-25.

Highway 50 is closed in both directions, and a detour is in place for drivers. Plumes of smoke have been wafting over I-25, causing delays in both directions on the interstate.

The fire is now 80 percent contained a little before 3:30 p.m., and fire crews are expecting it to be fully extinguished by nightfall. Crews on scene saying they are hoping to have 100 percent containment by tonight. 

Exit 100A from I-25 is closed to traffic. Drivers may encounter hazardous driving conditions from smoke in the area.

The Public Information Officer on scene says there is a problem with homeless people in that area.

We will continue to send updates when more information comes in.