Firefighters said the Ackerman Fire, one of two grass fires that broke out Thursday in Colorado Springs, is completely contained. Wind-driven fire destroyed eight mobile homes and forced the evacuation of nearly 1,000 people
The Ackerman Fire brought heavy smoke and flames more than 50 feet into Skylark Mobile Home Park, where the fire was contained in the neighborhood, with no injuries reported. Firefighters completely brought the 30-acre fire under control late on Thursday night.
Update from some of the grass fires today – Akerman Fire – 100% contained / 30 acres. CSFD will patrol throughout the night for any disturbance. Alturas Fire – 15% contained/182 acres. The FF will be on the scene to patrol for any flare-ups and hotspots.
— CSFD PIO (@CSFDPIO) 13 May 2022
The Colorado Springs Fire Department reported that the Alturas Fire in Colorado Springs is now 15% contained, which burned 182 acres as of late Thursday.
Flames closed the Colorado Springs airport on Thursday, but all operations have returned to normal.
According to airport officials, all flights out of Colorado Springs Airport were canceled at around 7 p.m. Thursday. People at the airport were asked to leave at around 6:40 pm, and incoming flights were canceled at 5:30 pm
According to airport officials, inbound flights resumed at around 7:55 pm last night.
#ColoradoSpringsFire #workinggrassfire Teams from several agencies along with the CSFD are at the scene of the grass fire at Milton Probe & Powers. South and North side powers are closed pic.twitter.com/BV3LDDJvH6
— CSFD PIO (@CSFDPIO) 12 May 2022
According to Denver7, the Sheriff’s Office said at a news conference that the fire in Alturas was triggered by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office cruiser’s catalytic converter. The fire broke out Thursday afternoon at South Powers Boulevard and Milton E. The probe began near the parkway and was pushed by strong winds, closing both directions of Powers Boulevard. Residents were ordered to evacuate immediately. The evacuation was lifted around 7.30 pm on Thursday.
Lt. Pam Castro, a police spokeswoman, said the afternoon fire also emptied the huge Amazon Fulfillment Center warehouse in the city’s southeast. As a precaution, the center was evacuated at around 4:15 pm on Thursday.
A red flag warning has been issued again on Friday by the National Weather Service. The NWS says the fire will intensify and spread easily in conditions of strong wind gusts up to 40 mph.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available. The Associated Press contributed to this report.