Squirrel likely to blame for brush fire southeast of Colorado Springs

Crews quickly contained a grass fire in El Paso County on 10/8/19.
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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - Multiple fire departments made quick work of a brush fire burning southeast of Colorado Springs on Tuesday.

"We're thinking it was a squirrel crawling across the power lines," Battalion Chief Bobby Martinez with Security Fire explained. "Got electrocuted, fell down and caused a little two-acre fire."

The blaze was visible just after 4 p.m. in a neighborhood east of Marksheffel Road and south of Fontaine Boulevard. Firefighters were in a field just off Rolling Ridge Road and Peaceful Valley Road.

The Security Fire Department is reporting the fire was contained and no structures were damaged.

Less than a week ago a grass fire near Ellicott scorched about 400 acres off Blaney Road north of Highway 94.

El Paso County is under Stage 1 as of Oct. 3. Click here for more information on the burn restrictions.