Fruita-area fire temporarily shuts westbound I-70
FRUITA, Colorado – Authorities suspect lighting caused a 35-acre wildfire that forced a temporary shutdown of westbound Interstate 70 near Fruita on Sunday.
The fire started at about 6 p.m. and at one point burned brush in the median of I-70. Crews later contained the flames to the north side of the highway.
No injuries were reported, but a water line and some power lines were damaged.
Authorities say a small structure was threatened but did not burn.
Fruita is about 10 miles west of Grand Junction and 200 miles west of Denver.