Hay truck fire closes lane of I-70 for two hours Friday | VailDaily.com

Hay truck fire closes lane of I-70 for two hours Friday

Crews from the Eagle River Fire Protection District work hard to disperse a pile of hay and extinguish the flames after a trailer carrying stacks of it caught on fire Friday afternoon on Interstate 70 in Eagle Vail.
Justin Q. McCarty | Special to the Daily |

AVON – A truck and trailer hauling hay caught fire around 1 p.m. Friday, closing a lane of Interstate 70 for about two hours between Avon and Eagle-Vail.

No injuries were reported, said Trooper Josh Lewis with the Colorado State Patrol.

The initial report was smoke and no flames, but in the minute or so it took fire fighters from the Eagle River Fire Protection District to get there, the hay on the trailer was mostly engulfed.

Because hay bales are wrapped so tightly, even when it was extinguished outside, it was still smoldering inside. Fire fighters had to take the bales apart to completely extinguish everything, said Tracey LeClair, public information officer with the Eagle River Fire Protection District.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.




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