UPDATE: THURSDAY 4/13/2023 6:22 p.m.
(TELLER COUNTY, Colo.) — The Rampart Fire burning near Woodland Park is 100% contained as of Thursday, April 13, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The burn area remains at 20 acres.
Rampart Fire 50% contained
UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 4/12/2023 4:44 p.m.
The Rampart Fire is now 50% contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) on Twitter.
USFS said light smoke is still visible due to “heavy fuels burning well interior from the perimeter.”
Rampart Fire 20 acres, red flag warning issued
UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 4/12/2023 9:26 a.m.
The Rampart Fire remains at 20 acres, with 0% containment, according to the U.S. Forest Service which posted an update on the fire Wednesday, April 12 at 8:40 a.m. to Twitter.
The U.S. Forest Service stated that high winds are expected and a red flag warning has been issued. Crews will continue to build a fire line around the perimeter on Wednesday to reach full containment.
No structures are threatened at this time and one single engine air tanker has been assisting firefighters on the scene with water drops.
Rampart Fire held at 20 acres, crews remain overnight
UPDATE: TUESDAY 4/11/2023 9:33 p.m.
The U.S. Forest Service posted on Twitter that the Rampart Fire was held at 20 acres Tuesday evening. Engines and fire crews will patrol the burn area and secure the fire’s edge throughout the night.
Rampart Fire now 20 acres, smoke lighter
UPDATE: TUESDAY 4/11/2023 6:11 p.m.
The U.S. Forest Service said fire crews have placed a fire hose around the entirety of the fire.
Crews will continue using water to cool the edges of the fire in an effort to gain containment of the Rampart Fire. Acreage remains at 20 acres.
FOX21 Viewer, Taylor W., sent a video of the fire from their home in Woodland Park, which can be viewed in the video player below.
UPDATE: TUESDAY 4/11/2023 5:09 p.m.
The Rampart Fire has grown to 20 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).
The USFS said the fire activity has settled some and smoke coming from the fire is lighter.
Multiple agencies heading to Rampart Fire, now 10 acres
UPDATE: TUESDAY 4/11/2023 4:31 p.m.
The Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Monument, and Black Forest Fire Departments are sending a task force of five engines to the fire burning in Teller County, now officially called the Rampart Fire, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD).
The fire has burned 10 acres, according to the Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands division of the U.S. Forest Service.
The fire is 0% contained, and is burning in the Waldo Canyon Burn Scar, the Forest Service said.
The fire is currently burning in grass and Ponderosa Pine fuels. One Single Engine Air Tanker has been assisting firefighters on the scene with water drops.
No structures are threatened at this time, and pre-evacuations for neighborhoods near Woodland Park have been canceled.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
Editor’s note: the fire was previously referred to as the Sunny Glen fire, as referenced by the initial Peak Alert. The official name of the fire is now the Rampart Fire.
Pre-evacuations canceled for fire near Woodland Park
UPDATE: TUESDAY 4/11/2023 3:45 p.m.
A Peak Alert was sent out by the Woodland Park Police Department canceling the pre-evacuations for the aforementioned areas of Sun Valley Drive, Radiant Court, and Village Terrace.
FOX21 Storm Team Chief Meteorologist Matt Meister took a timelapse of the fire and posted it to Twitter with the caption, “Whatever is happening up there looks to be for the better currently rather than the worst. Here’s to that continuing.”
Fire burning near Crystola, pre-evacuations ordered
UPDATE: TUESDAY 4/11/2023 3:38 p.m.
The fire is burning near Woodland Park off of Forest Service Road 952, according to EPSO.
Multiple agencies are on the scene and the U.S. Forest Service has command of the firefighting efforts. Mt. Herman Road is closed.
TUESDAY 4/11/2023 3:17 p.m.
A fire is burning west of the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) near Woodland Park, according to the Teller County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO).
TCSO as well as the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPSO) posted about the fire on Twitter, called the Sunny Glen Fire, Tuesday afternoon, April 11. TCSO said units were on the way to the area of Rampart Range Road to investigate a fire.
A Peak Alert was sent out to neighbors in the area, issuing a pre-evacuation for people east of Highway 24, and all addresses off of Sun Valley Drive from Radiant Court to Village Terrace.
First responders are on scene, and the public is asked to avoid Rampart Range Road and Loy Creek Road to allow responders access to the fire.
FOX21 News has crews on the way to the scene and will provide updates when more information becomes available.