‘Bear Creek Fire’ 100 percent contained as community members praise work by Colorado Springs Fire Department
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Firefighters have gained full containment on a fire that was burning dangerously close to homes on Thursday.
The announcement of 100 percent containment came Friday evening.
Colorado Springs Fire Chief Ted Collas lavished praise on the firefighters who potentially saved hundreds of homes Thursday afternoon.
“I want to thank those firefighters up on the fire ground,” said Colorado Springs Fire Chief Ted Collas. “They did a tremendous job. When you all get the opportunity to get up there and you see where that fire went and the close proximity to homes and how it burned right up to the homes ...”
The fire started on the west side of Bear Creek Park right behind Electra Drive. These photos from CSFD show how close the flames came:
Thanks to a rapid response and early evacuation orders, firefighters were able to establish critical structure protection quickly. No structures have been lost as of Thursday evening.
“We have so many residents in Colorado Springs that take fire mitigation seriously. I can’t thank them enough. The mitigation efforts they have taken and the mitigation efforts we’ve done with our own fire department in the open space areas kept the fire low to the ground and kept it from getting into those latter fuels that we talk about all the time and getting up into the higher fuels and bigger fuels. Residents in Colorado Springs along Electra Drive, you did a great job mitigating.”
The fire has been estimated at about 24 acres in size.
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The cause remains under investigation.
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