Firefighters extinguish 2 fires near homeless camps Sunday morning

Smoke from the second fire near Fountain Boulevard and Highway 24 on Nov. 10, 2019. (Photo: Nichole Dorsey)
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Firefighters quickly snuffed out two fires Sunday morning likely started by homeless campers.

The first fire was reported just before 1:30 a.m. in the area of South Shooks Run Park at Wahsatch Avenue and Rio Grande Street. The fire burned about a 30-foot area of mostly timber logs, said Capt. Halsey with the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

"No structures or people threatened. [Crews] responded and quickly knocked down the fire," Halsey told 11 News.

Though the fire was small, Halsey said it was in a hard-to-reach area and could have easily gotten out of hand.

"These areas are hard to access and pose significant hazards to firefighters," he said.

A second fire started a couple of miles away about four hours later.

"We responded to a very small grass fire in the area across from Amy's Donuts [Fountain Boulevard and Highway 24] at 6:32 this morning," Halsey said.

That fire was even smaller than the first, burning just a 5-foot by 8-foot area.

There were visible signs of homeless camps near both fires but no people around when crews responded, Halsey told 11 News.