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A wildfire started this afternoon near Avon. It has forced the closure of I-70 westbound at Mile Marker 167. No word has been received regarding alternate routes and there is no word on how long the traffic delays may last.  Often when I-70 is closed, east-west traffic gets routed onto U.S. 50 and U.S. 285. There is no word on what might have started the fire.

According to witnesses, there were multiple spot fires along the roadway. Traffic backed up throughout Avon and the roundabouts as motorists detoured onto U.S. 6.

There are currently no fire restrictions in Eagle County, or other central Colorado counties, but that could quickly change. Temperatures across central and western Colorado are hitting historic highs, with some areas reaching nearly 100 degrees and it is only early June. The long-term outlook for the summer, say meteorologists is for more hot, dry weather.

The summer season of high temperatures, low humidity and little rain has become wildfire season in Colorado. After last season, the worst wildfire year in Colorado history, most Coloradans are understandably nervous about what this summer may bring. The drought conditions in much of Colorado are continuing to worsen.