Mile Marker 217 Fact Sheet 7/10/2023 PM Update


July 10, 2023, at 2130



Rachel Wootton – BLM


Start Date: July 10, 2023Start Time: Early afternoon July 10, 2023
Incident Type: Wildland FireCause: Vehicle Rollover
Size: ~800 acresVegetation Type: Brush and Dry Grass  
Expected Containment: Evening of July 11, 2023Resources: ~100 personnel, air & ground
Threatened: Oil and Gas InfrastructureStructures Damaged/Destroyed: 0
Location: Mile Marker 217 on Interstate 70 (I-70), started approximately 15 miles west of the Utah/Colorado border.
Cooperating Agencies: Bureau of Land Management (Grand Junction and Canyon Country District), Moab Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Lower Valley Fire Department, Rocky Mountain Power, and Utah Department of Transportation


Current Situation:Dry windy conditions and dry grass allowed a fire starting from a vehicle rollover on I-70 to grow into an approximately 800-acre fire as of tonight. Fire fighters have been able to moderate fire behavior this evening and expect containment by tomorrow evening July 11. Aside from ensuring firefighter and public safety, the team’s biggest operational goals are fire containment and keeping I-70 open for travel. Travelers are encouraged to monitor Utah Fire Information social media for updates and drive carefully when traveling in the area. There is a Type 3 Incident Management Team managing the fire.  
Road Closures:No current road closures.

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