Duck Pond Fire
Denver – Duck Pond Fire in Gypsum demands eviction order, shuts down I-70
Residents, businesses and others in the Red Hill and Eagle Court areas are also on advance notice to vacate.
A massive fire that broke out between Glenwood Canyon and Gypsom on Saturday closed Interstate 70 in both directions and prompted authorities to issue evacuation notices to residents of Gypsum neighborhoods.
Interstate 70 is now closed east and west between milemarker 187 Glenwood Springs and milemarker 157 in Wolcott due to the Duck Pond fire.
Evacuation notices were also issued to residents in the plaster of Yellowstone neighborhood as winds slowly pushed the fire east toward the city, according to Eagle County authorities.
Additionally, an advance notice of eviction has been issued to residents and businesses in the Red Hill area.
An evacuation shelter is being constructed at Eagle River Center, 794 Fairgrounds Rd. Pets are allowed.
The fire is estimated to be about 25-30 acres, according to Justin Patrick, director of strategic communications for the Eagle County government.
The Colorado Department of Transportation recommends that motorists who need to travel on I-70 in either direction use the alternate northern route.
The alternative northern route includes a detour of at least two hours. Westbound traffic can exit Silverthorne and travel north on Colorado 9 to US 40, then west to Craig.
From Craig, take Colorado 13 south to Rifle and back to I-70. Eastbound traffic will need to exit the Rifle and take the same route in the other direction.
The fire was spread by high winds, resulting in a mandatory evacuation order for residents, businesses and others on 6 milemarker Highway 140 in Gypsum.
This includes Eagle River Estates and all locations west of the intersection at Highway 6 and River View Road south of Interstate 70 and north of the Eagle River, according to EC Alerts.