Hwys 71 and 88 Finally Reopen 4 Days After USAF Vehicle With Munitions Catches Fire


     The sections of Hwys 71 and 88 between Kimball and Bridgeport closed since Monday after a U-S Air Force Humvee with munitions on board caught fire finally reopened on Friday.

     The 90th Missile Wing Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team from Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne responded to the scene of the fire on Monday to eliminate grenades and other munitions through controlled detonations, but high winds kept delaying the project.

      That left Hwy 71 closed in both directions from a mile north of Kimball to the Harrisburg turnoff and Hwy 88 closed westbound-only from Bridgeport to Hwy 71 until the Air Force declared the site clear and safe Friday afternoon.

      Out of an abundance of caution caused partially by structural integrity concerns over how badly the Humvee was burned, the Air Force formed a convoy of support vehicles to haul it to Cheyenne – causing minor delays for westbound traffic on Interstate 80