Wildfire near Byers forces residents to evacuate as 100-acre fire grows

More than 100 people in Byers who were evacuated from their homes Tuesday due to a 100-acre wildfire have been allowed to return, an Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.

The wildfire closed I-70 in both direction at U.S. 36, but the freeway reopened around 2 p.m., according to a tweet from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The brush fire near County Road 173 and Interstate 70 burned 96 acres and did not reach any structures, said Ginger Delgado, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman.

“At this point we’re working towards containment,” she said, adding that gusty conditions could spark another flareup.

Fire officials believe the flames may have started from an electrical source and do not believe they were intentional, Delgado said.

The wildfire, roughly 40 miles east of Denver, briefly forced the evacuation of residents in the Royal Mobile Home Park and on Cheyenne and Arapahoe streets.

An evacuation center was set up at the Byers American Legion Hall, 278 West Front St.

The fire comes a day after residents near Chatfield State Park were evacuated due to a 461-acre fire in Douglas County. That fire was fully contained by day’s end.

— Arapahoe Sheriff (@ArapahoeSO) June 30, 2020

Approximate location of wildfire

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