File photo. Photo Credit: Vlad Yushinov (iStock).

File photo. Photo Credit: Vlad Yushinov (iStock).

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.

A screenshot from a video of the fire taken around noon. Photo Credit: Matt Mulzer.

An image of the fire from around noon. Photo Credit: Matt Mulzer.

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.

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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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