Officials with the Air Force Academy say this morning that the fire burning on academy grounds is controlled, but only 50 percent contained.
No structures are threatened at this time, and no one has been injured. Fire crews from the Academy, Tri-Lakes, El Paso County and the U.S. Forest Service will continue to aggressively attack the fire until it is fully contained.
Our Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe says the fire was likely caused by lightning. Investigators haven't released a cause.
We spoke to one man who was at home eating dinner when the fire started. His wife saw lightning strike. Moments later, they saw smoke from their patio. "You don't want these mountains to burn. They're so gorgeous and the last thing you want to see is fire out there. You don't want to see it," says John Rauk.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.