Jul 4, 2011 11:05 PM by Matt Stafford

Bear Canyon fire keeping its size

Smoke coming from the foothills west of Colorado Springs caught the attention of people across the city.

"We were riding up Palmer Trail and we came around a curve and we saw what looked like, at the time, a small campfire burning up on the ridge," says Traci D'Alessio, who lives in the area.

She rides her bike here a lot and knows there aren't campgrounds in the area where the smoke was coming from.

"...so we called it in." says D'Alessio.

"The fire is in Bear Creek Canyon Park, and it's burning approximately four to six acres," Sgt. Mike Schaller, with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office tells News First 5. Luckily for fire crews it hasn't grown any larger through the evening; it's keeping at four to six acres burning.

"Hopefully we can keep it in that small range," Sgt. Schaller.

Cheyenne Canyon Road has been blocked off at Seven Falls while crews have been fighting the fires. Also some access on Gold Camp Road is limited to residents. No evacuations have been ordered, but crews have told neighbors to be ready to leave if they need to.

Investigators are still looking into what started the fire, but right now people who live in the area are more concerned with getting it contained.

"We only live down in Cheyenne Canyon, so our house is right in the line of fire should something go up here in a bigger way," says D'Alessio. "That's what worries us about this, it doesn't take too long."

Sgt. Schaller says the Sheriff's Office will be giving updates on the fire Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. To keep up, you can follow the El Paso County Sheriff's Department on Twitter; it is "EPCSheriff."


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