Westbound I-70 reopens at C-470 after Hogback Fire

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- Trash that blew out of a truck and hit a power line started a fire, forcing the closure of westbound Interstate 70 at C-470 on Sunday, the Colorado Department of Transportation said.

Seven agencies were called to the Hogback Fire near Morrison. The eastbound lanes remained opened. The interstate reopened a few hours later.

Officials say the fire was 4-5 acres and needed chopper water drops to help contain the wind-aided fire. No structures were threatened.

The Golden Police Department evacuated the hazardous materials facility and the Rooney Valley Soccer Complex as a precaution.

The fire was 100 percent contained by 8:45 p.m. The sheriff's office said 21 buckets of water were dropped on the fire.

The sheriff's office enacted State 1 fire restrictions for all of unincorporated Jefferson County. The restrictions include building, maintaining, attending or using any fire or recreational campfire, except a recreational fire within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park, campground, private residence, or picnic area.

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