COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Fire crews now report that a new grassfire that sparked Saturday afternoon near the Colorado Springs Airport is knocked down after burning around 5 acres.
Captain Mike Smaldino with the Colorado Springs Fire Department confirmed this is a separate fire from the Alturas Fire that sparked near the airport, prompting a shelter-in-place on Thursday.
The fire impacted access to the airport this afternoon, but the main entrance on Milton E Proby Parkway is back open.
COLORADO SPRINGS AIRPORT FIRE: Smoke is visible across Colorado Springs from a new fire that started Saturday afternoon near the Colorado Springs Airport.— Riley Carroll KRDO (@RileyCarrollTV) May 14, 2022
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If you see this fire, do not call 911, crews are already aware of the blaze and need to keep emergency lines clear for other calls.
The airport is aware of a fire near airport property. We are monitoring the situation. Please note some access roads to the airport may be closed.— Colorado Springs Airport (@COSAirport) May 14, 2022
Colorado Springs is under a Red Flag Warning until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, so fire officials are asking the community to be extra vigilant about fire safety.
This is a developing story, check back for updates.