Saturday was a clear reminder that fire season is definitely upon us once again, and the region is particularly vulnerable due to the extreme drought conditions.
Teams battled two fires west of Colorado Springs Saturday, both starting within a couple of hours of each other. The cause for both is unknown, but strong winds quickly spread the flames over a few acres before crews could contain them.
The first fire was reported around 1 p.m. near Wilkerson Pass, about seven miles west of Lake George in Park County. The U.S. Forest Service says approximately four acres burned on USFS land. Crews from the Forest Service were assisted by county resources, and were in the mop-up stage by 9 p.m.
The second fire sparked up a short time later about 10 miles north of Woodland Park. Firefighters were able to contain it by 4:45 p.m. Though only 3 1/2 acres burned, fire crews say the windy conditions could have caused the fire to get out of hand.
The fire burned in an area where investigators say people go shooting, but an official cause has not been released at this time. Both fires remain under investigation.
The Forest Service urges everyone to use extra caution when outside, as conditions are very dry.