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Puma Fire west of Colorado Springs doubles in size, but pre-evacuation notices lifted

May 16, 2017 Updated: May 17, 2017 at 8:09 pm
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photo - The Puma Fire was reported just before 5 p.m. Sunday, about 6 miles west of Lake George. Photo courtesy of Pike & San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands blog.
The Puma Fire was reported just before 5 p.m. Sunday, about 6 miles west of Lake George. Photo courtesy of Pike & San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands blog.  

Update 7:45 p.m. Wednesday 

The fire near Lake George in Park County continued to grow Wednesday, reaching 107 acres while remaining 50 percent contained.

"Crews will be mopping up hot spots close to the fire line working on making it more secure," the U.S. Forest Service said in a fire information bulletin Wednesday.

Cooler weather arrived Wednesday, and meteorologists were expecting rain at night, the bulletin said.

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Pre-evacuation notices were lifted Tuesday for residents near Lake George in Park County, where a forest fire has been burning since Sunday.

The Puma Fire more than doubled in size Tuesday, growing to about 85 acres, but "all went well" completing fire lines to protect against further growth, the U.S. Forest Service said in a fire information bulletin Tuesday afternoon. The fire is considered 50 percent contained, the bulletin said.

Crews are hoping that precipitation in the weather forecast will do the rest of the work dousing flames and neutralizing hot spots. Rain and snow showers are expected near Lake George through Friday, reports the National Weather Service.

Several crews and engines were released Tuesday, leaving 58 firefighters assigned to the fire.

"Tomorrow crews will continue to secure fire line and mop up hot spots to increase containment," the bulletin said. "The expected moisture in the forecast should help firefighters with their containment efforts."

The fire will be allowed to burn interior fuels, including large patches of standing dead trees, so residents can expect to see smoke over the next few days.

Multiple crews will continue to monitor the fire.

Officials said the fire - reported just before 5 p.m. Sunday - was caused by people but did not release details.

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