Wildfire burns along I-70 near Genesee Park

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A wildfire burned off of westbound Interstate 70 near Genesee Park in the foothills west of Denver on Wednesday afternoon.

There were significant traffic delays on the interstate from the fire, which started about 2:30 p.m.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said U.S. 40 was closed in the same area because of the fire, which was on the north side of the interstate.

The Jefferson County Mountain Fire Information duty officers said there were 35 firefighters on scene from eight agencies.

The fire was in brush, grass and trees, and some of the terrain was rugged. No homes were threatened, officials said.

Crews were making good progress on containing the fire, which was contained to three to five acres.

Traffic returned to posted speeds before 7 p.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.