I-70 remains shut down for massive fire, truckers warned not to take some detours

Via Twitter user Brian Fisher

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) says that I-70 will remain closed indefinitely as firefighters work to contain the Grizzly Creek Fire.

CDOT says that I-70 is closed in both directions through Glenwood Canyon, from mile marker 116 to mile marker 140, as the Grizzly Creek Fire spreads.

CDOT is warning truckers to steer clear of some alternate routes:

CDOT asks that motorists not use Cottonwood Pass (Eagle & Garfield counties) or Independence Pass as detour routes, as these roads are not built for heavy traffic or commercial oversize vehicles. Vehicles over 35 feet in length may not use Independence Pass at any time. CDOT recommends that through traffic on I-70 use a southern detour route, on US 50 and US 285, due to construction on commonly used northern alternate routes. We appreciate motorists for planning on alternate routes during this closure.

The fine for tractor trailers on Independence Pass is $1000 plus the tow fees, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Local law enforcement and social media users have already reported tractor trailers on the restricted passes.

The fire started around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, August 10. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Grizzly Creek Fire has burned more than 1800 acres.