Bear Creek Fire. Photo Credit: Matt Mulzer.

Bear Creek Fire. Photo Credit: Matt Mulzer.

Fire officials hosted a press conference on Thursday afternoon to update the public on the fight against the Bear Creek Fire, formally referred to as the Electra Fire, which popped up near homes in western Colorado Springs on Thursday.

UPDATE: This fire is now 50 percent contained as of Thursday night.

Here are 10 things you should know:

1. The Bear Creek fire is estimated at 8 to 10 acres and is zero percent contained. It is located on the western side of Colorado Springs.

UPDATE: This fire is now 50 percent contained as of Thursday night.

2. Structures are threatened, but no homes have been lost. Approximately 235 homes were evacuated due to fire danger. Crystal Estates in Manitou Springs has been put on pre-evacuation notice, along with multiple nursing homes in the area. See more on evacuations on the official Colorado Springs Fire Department Twitter feed.

3. Air resources are on scene. Winds in the area are preventing smaller helicopters from dropping water, though a heavier helicopter is able to do so. Single engine air tankers (SEATs) are also set to drop a retardant line along Bear Creek Road.

4. Officials are hopeful that containment will increase with continued efforts of air and ground resources.

5. Agencies involved in the fight include the Colorado Springs Fire Department, the Colorado Springs Utilities wildfire team, El Paso County fire team, the State of Colorado, the Pike National Forest and US Forest Service team, Fort Carson, and the Pikes Peak Office of Emergency Management.

6. No injuries or deaths have been reported at this time.

7. The fire started just north of Electra Drive and spread west from there.

8. Cool conditions and "a little bit" of humidity seems to be helping in the fight to calm the blaze.

9. An evacuation center has been set up at Cheyenne Mountain High School.

10. The public has been asked to avoid the area. Those in the immediate area have been asked to turn off sprinklers due to this impacting the water pressure on water lines that firefighters are using.

11. Information about the potential cause of this fire remains limited. No lightning-producing storms are present in the area today.

12. Multiple parks in the area have been closed, including Bear Creek, Red Rock Canyon, and North Cheyenne Cañon.

13. The fire was previously being called the "Electra Fire." This has since been changed to "Bear Creek Fire."

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike. Follow along with his adventures on Instagram at @spence.outside


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