Dubbed the "Electra Fire," a wildfire has sparked in Colorado Springs, threatening many homes in the Bear Creek Park area located on the western side of the city.
As the fight against the fire continues, multiple parks have been shut down including North Cheyenne Cañon Park, Bear Creek Park, and Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
Together, the three parks encompass 2,197 acres, according to city numbers, though the North Cheyenne Cañon area provides access to many popular trails outside of the official park. All three of the parks are highly trafficked by Colorado Springs residents, located just minutes from downtown.
Widespread evacuations in the area are underway and subject to expand. Below, find a tweet of evacuations that are current as of 1:07 PM. Check the CSFD Twitter feed for up-to-date info.
News of the fire first started to spread around noon. Follow along with up-to-date information on The Gazette live blog.
This is a developing story.