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Grass fire prompts evacuations at northside businesses

Posted at 2:56 PM, Dec 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-13 07:38:39-05

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — Colorado Springs firefighters were called to multiple grass fires along the I-25 corridor on the north side of the city Sunday afternoon. One of the largest fires was located on the east side of the interstate near the Interquest Parkway exit.

Firefighters evacuated hotels and businesses in the area while they worked to contain the flames.

The fires all began at around 12:45 p.m. A containment line was established about an hour later. Investigators with the Colorado Springs Fire Department believe they were started accidentally, likely by a mechanical issue with a vehicle that produced sparks.

The National Weather Service issued red-flag warnings for multiple counties in Southern Colorado Sunday due to the dry and windy conditions.

Personnel from the Colorado Springs Police Department, El Paso County Sheriff's Office, US Air Force Academy Fire Department, Black Forest Fire and Rescue Protection District, Monument Police Department, Palmer Lake Police Department, TriLakes Monument Fire District, and American Medical Response all supported the emergency response.