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Lightning strike causes small fire on Pikes Peak

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Posted at 1:01 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 15:04:41-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — A lightning strike caused a fire to burn on the north slope of Pikes Peak, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.

As of this morning's update at 10:30 a.m, the fire, called the Severy Creek Fire, is on the north slope about 11 miles west/northwest of Colorado Springs.

Fire crews responded around 8 a.m. to the fire, including three engines and one helicopter. The size of the fire is 1/10 of an acre as of this morning's update.

"This is a small wildfire however the smoke is very visible to the public. Crews are currently trying to gain access to the fire as it is currently burning in very steep and rugged terrain," the update states.

Despite it being a small wildfire, fire officials said smoke is extremely visible.

This is a developing story.