COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs Fire Department said Thursday afternoon a grass fire near Cheyenne Mountain State Park is 100% contained.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife said an estimated 29 acres burned. Earlier estimates were that the fire burned 50 acres.
CPW said crews worked through the night and the fire has not advanced.
Crews are now managing hot spots.
There's still no word on how the fire started.
Crews worked through the night at the @CheyenneMtnSP fire. @CSFDPIO Battalion Chief Steve Wilch says the fire has not advanced. Crews managing hot spots. Heavy air tanker in N.M. on standby if flare up occurs. (2 of 3) pic.twitter.com/21TZrUTzOS— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) March 26, 2020
CSFD and county resources responded to the area of Norad Road and Highway 115 around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. They were able to access the fire an hour later and it was estimated to be 18 acres.
The department said firefighters worked through the night to build a fireline for the blaze, which had reached 50 acres, CSFD said there will be more firefighters, one dozer, one helicopter and one airtanker Thursday morning.
UPDATE State Park Fire- estimated 50 acres. 50 firefighters on scene building fireline around the #grassfire. Requested for tomorrow morning in addition to the firefighters-1 dozer, 1 helicopter and 1 airtanker. #RedFlag conditions expected tomorrow pic.twitter.com/rFX2QrLmTk— CSFD PIO (@CSFDPIO) March 26, 2020
Highway 115 remains open, but Norad Road and Cheyenne Mountain State Park roads are closed during this time.
Thursday will be another Red Flag Warning day, creating an environment in which fires can catch and spread quickly. The conditions that make up a Red Flag Warning are:
- Frequent gusts over 25 mph
- Relative humidity below 15%
- Dry fuels
For more information on Red Flag Warnings, click here.