Crews contain Fountain Creek brush fire in Pueblo

Crews contain Fountain Creek brush...

PUEBLO, Colo. - A large grass fire erupted on the banks of Fountain Creek Wednesday night on Pueblo's Eastside near the Fourth Street bridge.

The bridge was closed briefly while firefighters battled the bulk of the 5 to 10-acre fire.

People from the Eastside flocked to the bridge while firefighters were battling the blaze.

"Just saw a bunch of ash and stuff in the sky," Aaron Baros said.

"You could just see the brightness and the fire and the smoke coming through and you could smell it," Michelle Briscoe said.

Starting just before 7 p.m., the fire burned quickly thanks to strong winds.

"The winds changed directions a couple of times since we've been here tonight, first it was burning south and then switched back to the north," Pueblo Fire Department Chief Shawn Shelton said.

No structures were burned in the fire, and no injuries have been reported as crews from both the Pueblo Fire Department and Pueblo County, who responded to knock the fire down.

Crews used the Fourth Street bridge to help contain the fire.

"We have a real narrow area right here by the bridge, so we were able to contain it to the north and just let it burn to us," Shelton said.

Shelton said a fire like this is common every couple of years with the fuels that line Fountain Creek.

"The wild grasses... get up high and that stuff is pretty much like kerosene," Shelton said.

While the cause is unknown at this time, Briscoe has her suspicions.

"There's a lot of homeless people that sit there and I don't know what they do, smoke or whatever; and they cause fires over here a lot," Briscoe said.

She said she never wants to see the sight of the flames and hopes the frequency of the fires dies down.

"It's horrible, but it seems like it's getting worse," Briscoe said.

Shelton said with so many hotspots and with the deep-rooted fuels, there's a good chance things could flare back up again. The fire department will be monitoring the area over the next several days to make sure it doesn't pop up again.

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