Sparks from a lawnmower started a grass fire in Colorado Springs on Tuesday

Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 1:08 PM MDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2021 at 5:58 AM MDT
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U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (KKTV) - Someone mowing their lawn sparked a small grass fire in the middle of a Colorado Springs neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

Colorado Springs firefighters responded to West Woodmen Road and Cedar Valley Lane in the Peregrine neighborhood right about 1 p.m. on reports of smoke.

El Paso County Wildland fire crews also happened to be just 2 miles north of the scene.

“They were at the Air Force Academy doing a size up of the area, the water supply up there, and they were having the same discussion of, ‘Boy, this is an area that seems like it has a real high likelihood of something happening,’” said Capt. Gabriel Blanco with the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

Once on scene, fire crews evacuated one home due to how close it was to the flames. Firefighters also realized the fire was triple the size it originally thought.

“We’ve got about 3 acres,” Blanco said. “One acre is about a football field, so it’s about three football fields.”

Firefighters made quick work of the fire, getting it contained within about 30 minutes.

“We were able to get this knocked down real quick with a nice simple hose lay,” Blanco said.

Blanco says the fire could have easily gotten out of hand had it not been for the immediate 911 calls by neighbors and the close proximity of not one, but two fire stations.

“The good thing is we did have a lot of people call in. So the multiple calls did help us out getting resources there as quickly as possible. The other thing was our proximity to the fire. Station 18 is right here on Centennial and Station 12 is right on Rockrimmon.”

Investigators believe the fire was caused by accidental sparks from a lawnmower. It’s not clear if that was also the home that was evacuated.

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