Fireplace ashes start 3-acre grass fire southeast of Kiowa

KIOWA, Colo. - Fireplace ashes are the suspected cause of a three-acre grass fire southeast of Kiowa on Christmas Eve.

Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap identified the suspected cause of the fire along Wilderness Dr. in a tweet and Facebook post put up around 1:40 p.m.

He later added that the fire was put out without any structure damage or injuries.

"Deputies and firefighters that work on Christmas Eve (and many into Christmas Day), we thank you for standing in that thin blue line," Heap wrote."

The Elbert County Office of Emergency Management reported that the Kiowa, Elizabeth and Elbert fire departments worked on this fire.