Crews working to contain fire burning near Rampart Reservoir

Talcott Fire
A fire is burning near Rampart Range Road Monday afternoon / Timothy McMillin Sr.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Crews are working to contain a fire burning southwest of the Rampart Reservoir Tuesday.

The Talcott Fire has burned 14 acres and is 50 percent contained, officials say. It started Monday around 1:15 p.m. at the edge of a ridge that was previously treated in 2012.

Officials say the fire was human-caused.

Oscar Martinez, Pikes Peak District Ranger, said this may have helped to maintain the fire and keep it at bay.

A 2/3 perimeter has been set around the fire; officials say they do not expect the fire to spread.

Authorities say the cause is unknown at this time. An investigative team will be brought in at a later time once the fire is fully contained.

All evacuations were lifted just after 7 p.m. Monday. A total of 39 residents were asked to evacuate via reverse 911 earlier Monday.

Evacuations were ordered for the following areas:

  • Shubarth Trail
  • Farish area
  • Rampart Reservoir
  • Rampart Range Road south of Loy Creek

Talcott Fire is being worked jointly with the Pike & San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC).

Sheriff Bill Elder said 60 law enforcement officers from four different agencies are aiding efforts.

Fire crews from Teller and El Paso Counties, as well as El Paso County Wildland Fire, the Pike National Forest, two hand crews and a Type 3 Helitack Helicopter based out of Monument are all aiding firefighting efforts.

Stage One Fire Restrictions are now in place for all unincorporated areas of El Paso County, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

The following are prohibited until further notice:

  • Open burning, excepting fires and campfires within permanently constructed fire grates in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds; charcoal grills and wood burning stoves at private residences in areas cleared of all flammable materials
  • The sale or use of fireworks
  • Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials

This story is developing. Stay with FOX21 News for the latest.








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