Wildfire burning in Clear Creek County; smoke visible from I-70

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CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. — Crews are fighting a wildfire burning in Clear Creek County near the town of Dumont.

Firefighters first responded Thursday afternoon.

Smoke is visible from nearby sections of Interstate 70. However, traffic is flowing freely on the highway.

According to U.S. Forest Service officials, its crews are at the fire assisting the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office.

The USFS described the area as Red Elephant Hill.

As of about 7:40 p.m. Thursday, the fire was roughly 10 acres in size. It is burning on private land.

About 1 p.m. Friday, Clear Creek County said via Twitter that containment was at 20 percent and firefighters were aiming to have full containment by Friday night.

Firefighters, firetrucks and aircraft are at the scene.

The USFS reminded people to not fly drones in the area.

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