Wildfire near Larkspur contained; fire in Fremont County grows to 15 acres

By: Lisa Walton, lisa.walton@gazette.com
June 26, 2014 Updated: June 27, 2014 at 9:03 am
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Smoke rises from the 8 Mile fire in northeast Fremont County on Friday morning, as seen from Canon City. (Jerry Herman, The Gazette)

Several wildfires continue to burn around Colorado. Here's an update:

- The Storm wildfire, which is burning three miles west of Larkspur in the Pike National Forest, was reported to be fully contained at 6:30 a.m. Friday, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Firefighters will remain on scene throughout the day, the forest service tweeted.

The Storm fire was one acre in size as of 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The forest service reported that 13 firefighters were staffing the fire from Thursday night to Friday morning.

Larkspur firefighters, in addition to forest service crews, are assisting in the effort. The fire, first reported around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, was caused by lightning, officials said.

Because there is no road access to the section of the forest where the fire was burning, firefighters were helicoptered into the area. There were no homes or property at risk, the forest service reported.

- The 8 Mile fire in northeast Fremont County continues to burn, growing to 15 acres on Friday morning, according to our news partners at KKTV.

Smoke is visible along U.S. 50 to the south and Interstate 25 east of the fire, which is burning in Phantom Canyon.

One helitanker is being used, according to the KKTV report.

The 8 Mile fire has been burning since Monday.

KKTV reported on Thursday night that 18 firefighters had hiked to the canyon, near U.S. 50 between Canon City and Penrose, Wednesday to begin constructing a fire line. Lightning is also believed to be the cause.

The Fremont County Sheriff's office is asking people not to call 911 if they see flames or smoke.

- Six Forest Service firefighters are also battling a small fire in Chaffee County, five miles southeast of Nathrop. The fire, reported around 6 p.m. Thursday, is 1.7 acres in size and was likely caused by lightning, forest service officials reported.

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