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Flat Tire Ignites Fire on I70

DE BEQUE CANYON, Colo. - A fire on I70 near De Beque Canyon led to an eastbound lane closure Wednesday morning.

Multiple agencies responded to a call at about 11 a.m. near mile marker 57.

The brush fire led to some active flames, threatening one structure 50 yards away but no injuries were reported.

Initially the fire did call for a single engine aerial tanker but because of enough resources arriving on scene, the fire was contained.

Firefighters say the blaze was caused by a trailer's flat tire. They say the driver tried to get off the road but the flat tire ignited a fire.

"It appears like they were coming through the construction area and other than get stuck in that they drove to get off the side of the road because it is a narrow lane through here. So when they pulled off the edge of the road, the tire had heated up enough from driving the flat that it ignited the fire on the side of the road," said David Anderson, Captain/Paramedic of the De Beque Fire District.

The fire spread to one acre of land and no citations have been issued.


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