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I-70 closed in Western CO due to fire

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I-70 closed in Western CO due to fire

I-70 is closed between Palisade and DeBeque due to the Pine Ridge wildfire. The fire has jumped the CO river and the worry is that it will also jump the interstate. If you are heading east on I-70 out of the Grand Junction area and are stranded (because there really is no easy alternative routes tonight), there are some shelter options. Palisade High School has room for 150 people, including pets. The Riverside Park in Palisade is also available for RVs, campers, tents. There is electricity at that site.

If you are able to afford hotels, Horizon Drive in Grand Junction has the most hotel rooms. Fruita also has hotels off of I-70 and Hwy 50.

Alternative routes going east basically will require either going north through Loma on Hwy 139 over Douglas Pass or going south on Hwy 50 to Delta and over McClure Pass into Glenwood Springs.

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1. Re: I-70 closed in Western CO due to fire

how long is expected before I-70 reopens or do they have no idea?

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2. Re: I-70 closed in Western CO due to fire

www.cotrip.org now says that one lane in each direction is open.

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3. Re: I-70 closed in Western CO due to fire

according to the Colorado road condition site http://www.cotrip.org/home.htm it is open now. But check the site frequently if you are headed that way.

Edited: 9:07 am, June 29, 2012
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4. Re: I-70 closed in Western CO due to fire

The news is reporting right now I-70 closed both ways. @James, There is no way to predict when it will be open or closed as it is a wildfire.

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5. Re: I-70 closed in Western CO due to fire

One lane each way is open at DeBeque. There were a lot of very unhappy semi drivers backed up at the Cameo truck stop waiting, waiting, waiting.

With lots of holiday travelers I would expect there to be slower travel times so add a little to your plan A and still keep the mentioned routes as plan Bs just in case the fire blows up in that direction.

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6. Re: I-70 closed in Western CO due to fire

Thanks for the update, stay safe SusieLou.

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7. Re: I-70 closed in Western CO due to fire

Can you guys keep posting updates of I-70 please?

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8. Re: I-70 closed in Western CO due to fire

@Ryan G - go to Cotrip.org for road conditions and closures.

We have smoke as far away as Nederland... :(

Be safe SusieLou and Missp!

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9. Re: I-70 closed in Western CO due to fire

So basically the entire state smells like smoke?

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10. Re: I-70 closed in Western CO due to fire

No, not at all. It's because of the direction the wind is blowing. Today is the first day that we've had much smoke haze from any of the fires in the past few weeks.

Edited: 3:14 pm, June 29, 2012
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