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Eastbound I-70 back open at Silverthorne after closure for wildfire

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Posted at 8:03 PM, Jun 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-11 11:53:22-04

DENVER — Eastbound I-70 is back open after closing at the Silverthorne exit for a wildfire, just south of the interstate.

According to Colorado State Patrol, the fire, now named the Straight Creek Fire, is near mile point 205, which is between the Silverthorne exit and the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels.

The fire is estimated between 10-15 acres. It's burning in the Straight Creek area between Tenderfoot Mountain and the interstate about two miles east of Dillon.

More resources are expected to arrive on scene Friday. CSP advised drivers to plan for delays and possibly alternative routes if fire behavior picks up.

One lane of eastbound I-70 will be closed through the fire area between Silverthorne and the tunnels, CSP said Friday morning.

There are no immediate threats to structures.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

This story is developing and will be updated.