Birdseye Fire: Fire in Peyton now 100% contained


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UPDATE: Oct. 10, 10:30 a.m.: The Birdseye Fire in Peyton, Colo. is now 100% contained, according to a tweet by the El Paso County Sheriff. Those families that were evacuated will be allowed to return to their homes at 12:00 p.m. this afternoon.

UPDATE: Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m.: The Birdseye Fire in Peyton, Colorado, is 60-percent contained, according to fire crews, and it is not expected to pose a threat to any additional structures. To beat the stronger winds expected later Saturday, they’re trying to finish as much work as possible this morning.

The Birdseye Fire which started burning Friday afternoon began inside a building according to firefighters and has since burned 21.6 acres. One structure has been burned, and part of another structure also caught fire.

“Last night, we had pretty decent recoveries. So the relative humidity went up into the 50s, which helped the fire activity go down a little bit,” Dan Battin, Wildland Fire Supervisor for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office explained Saturday morning. “Because of that, we engaged firefighters first thing in the morning as soon as we could, and our plan was to engage them as early as possible before the winds come in this afternoon.”

Battin said they don’t believe the fire is going to threaten any more structures as of right now, but noted that they’ll see what happens with the weather Saturday afternoon.

Oct. 9, 12:30 p.m.:

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — A fire burning near the 19000 block of Birdseye View in Peyton has prompted an evacuation order.

The area within two miles of the fire is under mandatory evacuation.

EPSO is reporting multiple emergency responders are on scene to assist with evacuations. They are urging evacuees to move south.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking those in the area to call 911 only if they are in immediate danger.

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