Dry air colliding with storm clouds traveling over mountain tops in the Pikes Peak region sparked plenty of lightning over west Colorado Springs, starting small grass fires in Bear Creek Park and Garden of the Gods Park Sunday.

In Bear Creek Park, lightning knocked down electric lines and burned a small patch of grass near South 21st Street about 3:45 p.m., police said. Firefighters quickly extinguished another grass fire ignited by lightning near the Trading Post at Garden of the Gods Park about 4 p.m., police Lt. Catherine Buckley said.

"Both fires were very small and there was no damage to structures. The fire department put them out quickly," Buckley said.

The storm traveling across El Paso County didn't bring much rain, but weather service meteorologist Randy Gray said strong winds and frequent lightning could pose a safety risk.

"There is no indication that the thunderstorms are strong or severe, but no one wants to get caught in lightning or winds gusting up to 55 mph," Gray said. "There's enough dry air in the atmosphere meeting those storm clouds and that friction is going to cause lightning."


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