CDOT: Roads around fires can be hazardous |

CDOT: Roads around fires can be hazardous

With rain in the forecast, Colorado Department of Transportation reminds motorists driving on state highways that with the recent wildfires throughout the state, the highways are at high risk for flooding, washouts, mudslides, and rocks/debris/trees being washed into the road.

on and off because of a mudslide in the area of the High Park Fire.

Although CDOT crews are performing ongoing roadway safety checks throughout the areas impacted by fires such as the High Park Fire near State Highway 14 and the Waldo Canyon Fire near US 24, motorists are reminded to reduce speeds and use extra caution to ensure their safety, especially during and after rain storms. The increased moisture in the burned area will lead to a continuously changing condition of the highway, as debris will travel down hillsides faster than usual to the roadway below.

Drivers should call Colorado State Patrol (CSP) dispatch to report any damage to highways that threatens public safety at 303-239-4501.

Motorists are also reminded that while the damage to residences and businesses within the burn zones was devastating, so was the damage sustained to the land and wilderness area surrounding the highways. Wildlife will be on the move in greater abundance than usual and drivers should be alert for wildlife crossing the roadway.

To receive real-time updates about road conditions in your area, visit and click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot.

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