Eightmile fire size reduced to 495 acres, but significant growth expected Saturday

16 homes evacuated in Red Rocks subdivision

PENROSE, Colo. - The size of the Eightmile Fire burning in Phantom Canyon north of Canon City was reduced after overnight infrared mapping.

On Friday, fire officials estimated the fire was at 700 acres but an overnight infrared flight lowered that size to 495 acres.

Images: Eightmile Fire

The wildland fire in Fremont County was expected to continue its growth over the weekend as firefighters have had to hike to battle the blaze, burning in rugged, steep terrain.

The fire is visible from Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Canon City and Cripple Creek.

The blaze -- entirely on BLM land -- has closed an 8-mile stretch of Phantom Canon, from mile marker 4.5 to 12.

The Rocky Mountain Type-2 Incident Management Team B assumed command of the fire at 8 a.m.. There are 72 firefighters battling the wildfire and four 20-person Hotshot crews have been requested.  The fire was zero percent contained, as of Saturday afternoon.

The Fremont County Sheriff, in cooperation with Eightmile Fire managers, issued a pre-evacuation notice 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.

On Saturday, the edge of the fire was about a mile away from the subdivision. 

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