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Grass fire near Cheyenne Mountain State Park fully contained

Grass fire near Cheyenne Mountain
Posted at 10:05 PM, Mar 25, 2020

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.

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.

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.