The Skipper Island fire between Grand Junction and Loma is proving to be challenging for firefighters and has also necessitated the closure of I-70. Take a look at some photos and videos from the scene and you'll understand why.

The wind started blowing smoke from the fire across I-70 Thursday (April 19) afternoon making it unsafe to travel either direction.

This video shows not only the heavy smoke but also the fire as it nears the interstate.

Photos and information shored by the Grand Junction Fire Department.

Lower Valley Fire Protection District video as they approach the fire.

Huge plumes of smoke from the Skipper Island fire as seen from Black Ridge atop the Colorado National Monument. The fire has made it necessary to cut power to Black Ridge and nearby Glade Park.

Jared Kenyon, Townsquare Media