The majority of crews battling the Eightmile fire are being released today. KRCC’s Dana Cronin reports.
Fire officials say due to cooperative weather, the lightning-caused blaze is now 65% contained, with the remaining perimeter located in inaccessible terrain. One fire crew, two engines, and a helicopter will remain with the fire, which spans over 500 acres. There’s been one heat related injury. Phantom Canyon Road between mile markers 4 and 12 remains closed.
The so-called Phantom fire sparked yesterday about one mile west of the perimeter of Eightmile. The cause is currently unknown, but the area has been surrounded by containment lines and is being patrolled by engines.
Eightmile fire ignited last Monday a few miles northeast of Cañon City. Over 200 personnel were dispatched, including Type 1 crews.