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Grass fire in west Colorado Springs caused by homeless camp fire

October 26, 2017 Updated: October 26, 2017 at 2:20 pm
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Crews mopped up hot spots after a grass fire threatened homes near Fillmore and Centennial on Thursday October 26, 2017 in Colorado Springs. The Colorado Springs Fire Department said the the fire was out at 7:45 a.m but expect to be managing the area all day. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

A 6-acre fire near West Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard was started by a homeless camp fire early Thursday morning, the Colorado Springs Fire Department Capt. Steve Wilch confirmed.

The fire, which was reported at 6:21 a.m., threatened homes to the south and west.

The fire was out about 7:45 a.m. Thursday, but firefighters were putting out hot spots that could have turned into a fire with strong wind gusts throughout the morning and midafternoon.  


“With the wind, we’ll need to be out here through midday,” Lt. Don Watkins said. “If we get some snow and rain, that will definitely help.”

Because the fire was in a ravine, access was difficult, he said. Wind pushed smoke into a building west of the fire, but no structures burned.

Some homes in the area were put on pre-evacuation status.

The fire was initially reported by a resident at the Oasis Apartments near Fillmore and Centennial, according to Gazette news partner KKTV. 

El Paso County, Wescott, Hanover, Fort Carson and Black Forest fire units assisted with the effort.

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