Wildland fire burns about 1 acre on back side of Cheyenne Mountain

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A wildland fire burned about an acre off Gold Camp Road on the back side of Cheyenne Mountain in El Paso County Monday afternoon, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Firefighters said Monday afternoon, several callers noticed a column of smoke in the area. Fire crews were able to locate the fire near the upper parking lot on Gold Camp Road.

Approximate location of fire:

A CSFD spokesperson said the fire was between a quarter acre and a half acre in size. It grew to about an acre by Monday night, according to the Forest Service. No structures were threatened and no evacuations were ordered.

The fire was caused by lightning, according to the Forest Service.

A Type 3 helicopter was available to fight the fire. A team of 30 firefighters accessed the fire on foot and on UTVs.

Fire crews could be seen headed up through North Cheyenne Cañon Monday afternoon. The road through the park is is currently closed to vehicular traffic on weekdays due to a parking lot improvement project. A portion of Gold Camp Road is also closed after a boulder fell there last month.

By 8:30 p.m. Monday, fire crews were returning to their duty stations. Forest Service crews will staff the fire Tuesday morning.

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