2nd wildfire starts near Canon City; Firefighters quickly contained Phantom Fire

CANON CITY, Colo. - A second wildfire is burning near Canon City area.

The Phantom Fire ignited Tuesday, about one mile from the Eightmile Fire.

"A Type I hand crew responded to the area and was able to construct line around the fire with help from air resources.," officials said. "Today the area will be patrolled by engines.  The cause of this new start is unknown at this time."

As for the Eightmile Fire, firefighters say they've done all they can do to contain the wildfire that has burned about 500 acres.

Only about 65 percent of the area around the Eightmile Fire is accessible and crews have built containment lines all along those portions.

The majority of crews assigned to the Eightmile Fire are being released Wednesday.

"There will be one wildland fire use crew, two engines, and a helicopter that will remain with the fire," officials said in a news release.

The Eightmile Fire ignited June 23. It was started by lightning. It burned in Phantom Canyon, about six miles northeast from Canon City.

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