Eightmile Fire 40 percent contained; Pre-evacuation notice lifted

Fire crews now in 'mop up stages'

CANON CITY, Colo. - The pre-evacuation notice related to the fire burning north of Cañon City has been lifted and the fire was 40 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, according to fire officials.

The Eightmile Fire has burned 528 acres in rugged, steep terrain on BLM land in Phantom Canyon.

Officials said Tuesday that crews were in “mop up stages” and will continue to strengthen containment lines on the northeast and southwest portions of the fire.  

“Today’s weather is calling for cooler temperatures and higher humidity; this will help the firefighters in strengthening the fire perimeter,” said Brett Haberstick with Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team B. 

The pre-evacuation notice for the 16 residence in Red Rocks subdivision was lifted at 8 p.m. Monday, by the Fremont County Sheriff.

Resources will start to be released from the fire Tuesday, Haberstick said, but structure protection continues to be a priority.

It's believed the fire was started by a lightning strike on Monday, June 23.

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

“Smoke was seen yesterday due to some unburned pockets of fuel well inside the fire line,” Haberstick said Tuesday.

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

Businesses in the 8 Mile Hill west of Cañon City are not affected by the fire.

Tuesday morning all resources assigned to the Eightmile Fire took a moment of silence to honor the 14 firefighters who lost their lives on Storm King in Colorado on July 6, 1994.

The week of June 30-July 6, 2014 has been identified as “A Week to Remember, Reflect and Learn” to honor the memories of all fallen wildland firefighters and to reflect on lessons learned from different types of wildland fire accidents. 

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