Smoke visible from fires on the east side of Colorado Springs Sunday afternoon, fire perimeter established

Colorado Springs Fire Department battles grassfire
Posted at 8:46 AM, Mar 11, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-11 10:47:25-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Smoke was visible from many parts of Colorado Springs Sunday because of several wildfires burning near the city's airport, the Colorado Springs Fire Department confirmed.

Early estimates put the damage at over 500 acres burned, as of 7:15 p.m. Sunday. The fire was slowly spreading east, closing Marksheffel Boulevard between Space Village Avenue and Drennan Road in Colorado Springs. Closures were expected throughout the evening, according to the CSFD.

CSFD said they received the call at 4:17 p.m. and the first crew got on scene at 4:25 p.m.

One abandoned building was destroyed.

There were no evacuations at last check.

Crews planned to wok through the night to contain the fire, CSFD said.

Firefighters from Ellicott and Cheyenne Mountain are helping to fight the flames.

The City of Colorado Springs said that no Peak Alerts were issued due to the fact no structures were known to be threatened by the fire.

Oftentimes, emergency alert systems allow users to customize their notification settings to what they think is important. Peak Alerts allow for this, but will often by default, send alerts on emergencies surrounding natural or man-made disasters, hazardous materials incidents, missing persons, law enforcement activity impacting the public, and evacuation notices to name a few.

Several fires burning near Peterson Space Force Base