Fire chief: Fire south of Fountain likely from vehicle

Multiple crews respond to fire burning along I-25 south of Fountain
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FOUNTAIN, Colo. (KKTV) - A grass fire burning south of Fountain forced a handful of homes to evacuate Saturday afternoon.

The fire sparked near the El Paso/Pueblo county line around 3 p.m., prompting homes west of the interstate to evacuate for a short time while firefighters worked to contain the fire. The fire burned about 22 acres and was in the mop-up stages by 4 p.m. No homes were burned.

The Hanover and Fountain fire departments and resources from El Paso and Pueblo counties responded to the fire. Air crews were brought in to help drop fire retardant from the air.

A cigarette, a spark off a tire, or something else coming from a vehicle is believed to be the culprit behind the fire, said Hanover Fire Chief Carl Tatum. The fire remains under investigation.