Wildfire briefly closes road near New Castle

High winds caused a spring burn to get out of control northwest of New Castle, temporarily forcing the closure of U.S. Highway 6 on Tuesday afternoon.

The fast-moving fire burned on a steep slope with flames as high as 40 feet, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. Emergency dispatchers were contacted shortly after 3 p.m. Firefighters had the acre-and-a-half fire under control by 4:30 p.m., and the highway was reopened just after 5 p.m.

No injuries occurred, and no structures were threatened.

Crews from the Burning Mountains and Rifle fire departments and the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit were among those responding to the blaze.


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