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Evacuations lifted after fire in north Colorado Springs

Crews have knocked down the bulk of the fire near Interquest Parkway and I-25, CSFD said

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — All evacuation orders related to the North Gate Fire that was burning in north Colorado Springs have been lifted, according to the city.

Crews from the Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) responded to a fire Friday afternoon near Interquest Parkway and Interstate 25.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for the Farm subdivision on Ridgeline Drive. The borders of the evacuation zone were Middle Creek Parkway South to Interquest Parkway, with an eastern boundary of Voyager. 500 homes were evacuated, according to CSFD.

Just before 2 p.m., CSFD tweeted that crews had knocked down the bulk of the fire. They said no structures were damaged. Shortly before 4 p.m., the city said the evacuations had been lifted.

CSFD said around 6:30 p.m. that the fire was estimated at 17 acres, with 75% containment. 

The fire department said the cause was determined to be illegal hot work during burn restrictions. The workers did not have a permit, CSFD said, and hot work precautions were not followed. 

Hot work can be electric or gas welding, cutting, brazing, or similar flame or spark-producing operations.

An evacuation center was set up earlier at Pine Creek High School, 10750 Thunder Mountain Ave. 

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