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Evacuations lifted as firefighters gain full containment on Birdseye Fire

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Posted at 12:14 PM, Oct 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-10 15:45:51-04

DENVER — A fire north of Peyton in El Paso County that forced multiple people to evacuate their homes late Friday afternoon is now fully contained, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Sunday. Evacuees were allowed to return to their homes.

The 21-acre Birdseye Fire started as a structure fire and moved into a wildland area shortly after, according Colorado Springs Fire Department spokesman Michael Smaldino.

An evacuation order, which was lifted at noon Sunday, was issued for residents two miles around Birdseye View as the fire started to spread.

Between 10-15 structures were threatened by the blaze, an official with the sheriff's office said. But there were no reports of structure loss.

Smaldino also said a firefighter suffered a minor injury but that he was still working to put out the fire.

In a tweet Saturday, the sheriff's office said the fire could have been more destructive if it weren't for the quick response of firefighters.

"If not for the fast response we received from our partners & 200+ people, this fire would have been much more massive, much more destructive. The collaboration of all was invaluable in fighting this fire. When crisis strikes, El Paso County steps up to help," the sheriff's office said.