A Sheriff’s Department Vehicle Ignited a Fire That Triggered Evacuations in Colorado Springs!
An El Paso County Sheriff’s Office vehicle that became trapped in dense grass ignited one of the three fires that triggered evacuations in Colorado Springs on Thursday, according to authorities.
As of 9:45 p.m. Thursday, the Colorado Springs Fire Department estimates the fire has burnt around 182 acres and is 15 percent controlled. According to the department, no structures have been destroyed.
A sheriff’s deputy was responding to an unrelated report regarding a suspicious car when his vehicle became stuck in dense grass, according to Lt. Deborah Mynatt of the Sheriff’s Office.
Officials suspect the catalytic converter in the deputy’s truck overheated and set fire to the grass. The deputy, who was not hurt, immediately requested assistance, according to the sheriff’s office.
According to the sheriff’s office, they ultimately made contact with the individual driving the strange car and discovered they were on their own land.
The fire, which started near Alturas Drive and Cresta Loma Circle, forced the evacuation of around 50 residences. Around 7:30 p.m., the evacuation orders were removed. More than 100 firemen from several agencies reacted to the incident, according to the fire department.
Officials say roughly 200 passengers were evacuated from the Colorado Springs airport for about an hour Thursday evening due to the fire. At 7 p.m., the airport announced that all outward flights had been canceled. Around 8 p.m., inbound flights resumed.
A fire destroyed homes in a mobile home park
A separate fire broke out late Thursday morning at the Skylark mobile home park at 3831 N. Cascade Ave. in northern Colorado Springs, destroying eight houses.
The whole facility is still under evacuation orders, which will last at least overnight, according to officials.
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The mobile home park is completely engulfed in flames.
In a fire near Akerman Drive, evacuations were removed
The Colorado Springs Fire Department reported a grass fire that burnt roughly 30 acres in eastern Colorado Springs has been totally controlled.
The fire in the 6700 block of Akerman Drive began approximately 11:20 a.m. on Thursday. The reason is still being investigated.
Due to the incident, residents in the Summer Grace Street and Akerman Drive neighborhood were evacuated but were permitted to return home soon before 4 p.m.
About 500 houses were evacuated, according to Fire Marshal Brett Lacey. According to Lacey, the Rocky Mountain Vibes baseball club offered their facility to evacuees to give food and beverages.