Cheyenne Mountain State Park fire fully contained, cause under investigation

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A brush fire burning in the area of Cheyenne Mountain State Park scorched about 27 acres before it was fully contained.

At one point, fire officials were estimating the fire had burned about 50 acres. Once the fire was out, the new estimate of 27.5 acres was released, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife citing Commander Steve Wilch with CSFD.

The fire was reported shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday off Highway 115 near Norad Road. Getting to the fire was the first hurdle for firefighters, CSFD Capt. Michael Smaldino said.

"It's taken a bit to get in there, then actually having to hike to try and find trails to get to it."

Wind and darkness were the next challenges Wednesday into Thursday.

"The wind tonight, it keeps kicking up, we're getting gusts up to 20 mph and at nighttime, it is dangerous conditions; this isn't just a flat area, this is in the hills there, steep terrain. ... They've got to make sure they're keeping their safety zones, and that they are able to get out in case there is a flare-up."

There were no structures threatened and no evacuations in place.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.