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Crews contain brush fire northeast of Peyton

Fire in El Paso County 7/19/21
Fire in El Paso County 7/19/21(11 News Viewer)
Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 3:42 PM MDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2021 at 5:30 AM MDT
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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - Crews were able to contain a brush fire northeast of Peyton on Monday.

Heavy smoke was visible just after 3:30 p.m. north of Highway 24 in a wooded area. The fire was burning close to Fremont Fort Road and Warriors Path Drive.

According to the Peyton fire chief, the fire burned between 2-3 acres before it was fully contained. No structures were threatened as firefighters battled the slow-moving blaze. The chief believes the fire may have been sparked by lightning.

The fire was first reported early Monday morning, but crews had to hike in before finding it in the pine trees.

A crew is expected to stay on scene until at least Tuesday morning to monitor the burn area and handle mop-up operations.

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