Eightmile Fire in Phanton Canyon near Cañon City has burned 529 acres, 25 percent contained

CANON CITY, Colo. - The fire burning in Phantom Canyon, north of Cañon City, was 25 percent contained Monday, according to fire officials.

The Eightmile Fire ignited one week ago, on Monday, June 23. It's believed the fire was started by a lightning strike.

The fire has burned 529 acres in rugged, steep terrain on BLM land in Phantom Canyon.

The fire has been visible at times from Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Cañon City and Cripple Creek.

Images: Eightmile Fire

There are 288 fire personnel assigned to the fire including three helicopters, five tankers and several hand crews and engines.

A pre-evacuation notice remained in effect Monday morning for 16 residences in the Red Rocks Subdivision.  Specifically, the residents on the west side of County Road 132 from mile marker 5 to mile marker 9.5.  Residents are encouraged to be prepared to evacuate should the need arise.

The fire has closed Phantom Canyon Road, Country Road 67, from mile marker 4.5 to mile marker 12.1.

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