The Ackerman Fire, one of the two grass fires that broke out in Colorado Springs Thursday, has been fully contained, firefighters said. The wind-fueled blaze destroyed eight mobile homes and forced evacuations for around 1,000 people
The Ackerman Fire brought heavy smoke and flames towering more than 50 feet to the Skylark Mobile Home Park, where the fire was contained to the neighborhood, with no injuries reported. Firefighters fully contained the blaze at 30 acres late Thursday.
The Alturas Fire in Colorado Springs is now 15% contained, having burned through 182 acres as of late Thursday, the Colorado Springs Fire Department reported.
The flames shut down the Colorado Springs Airport Thursday, but all operations have resumed to normal.
All outbound flights from the Colorado Springs airport were canceled about 7 p.m. Thursday, according to airport officials. People at the airport were told to leave about 6:40 p.m., and inbound flights were canceled about 5:30 p.m.
About 7:55 p.m. last night, inbound flight resumed, according to airport officials.
The Alturas fire was sparked by a catalytic converter of an El Paso County Sheriff’s Office cruiser, the sheriff’s office said at a news conference, according to Denver7. The fire started Thursday afternoon near South Powers Boulevard and Milton E. Proby Parkway and was pushed and fueled by strong winds, shutting down both directions of Powers Boulevard. Residents were ordered to evacuate immediately. The evacuations were lifted about 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
The afternoon fire also prompted the evacuation of the massive Amazon Fulfillment Center Warehouse on the southeast side of the city, said Lt. Pam Castro, a police spokeswoman. The center was evacuated about 4:15 p.m. Thursday as a precaution.
A red flag warning has been issues again Friday from the National Weather Service. Fires will spark and spread easily under high fire conditions and wind gusts up to 40 mph, the NWS says.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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