Brushfires slow down interstate |

Brushfires slow down interstate

Veronica Whitney

Three brushfires close to Eagle slowed down traffic along Interstate 70 on Sunday afternoon, police said.

The fires broke out between mile marker 144 and 1461⁄2 on the eastbound side of the interstate, said Cpl. Dennis Gibbons of the Colorado State Patrol.

Police received a call about the fires at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday. By 5:40, the fires were contained with the help of the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Gibbons said.

Although the fires were small “the biggest one was 15 feet by 56 feet ” Gibbons said one was blowing heavy smoke, so police partially closed one lane of the interstate.

Police were still investigating the source of the ignition Sunday evening, Gibbons said.

“They’re likely man-caused,” he said, “but we have no suspects and no other reports of fires between here and Denver.”

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