I-70 reopens in western Colorado after being shut down by wildfire

MESA COUNTY, Colo. -- Strong winds forced a wildfire to jump the Colorado River and Interstate 70 near Fruita in Mesa County in western Colorado on Thursday afternoon.

The interstate was closed in both directions between the Fruita and Loma exits for several hours. The highway reopened Thursday evening.

A Type I helicopter was making water drops on the flames as the fire crossed I-70.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office said power lines near the fire were de-energized for firefighter and public safety.

Xcel Energy customers in Fruita and in the Redlands were impacted by the power outage.

No structures were threatened at midafternoon by the Skipper Island Fire.

There were reports from officials a campfire might have started the wildfire.

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