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The 22 acre brush fire that started today around 12:30 p.m. has been contained. With the assistance of additional fire crews totaling 25 units from Castle Rock, Franktown, Larkspur, South Metro, Jackson 105, and Douglas County OEM, the South Lake Gulch fire was fueled by land covered in scrub oak and hay fields. Wind conditions also played a role in the advancing of the fire, as the winds crews sustained were at 25 to 30 miles per hour.
The brush fire, estimated to be more than 22 acres is now in the mop-up stage with fire fighters working to extinguish hot spots. The privately-owned property did not have any buildings or animals in the area. Crews will be on scene, working to ensure the area is safe for the remainder of the afternoon.
Lake Gulch road will remain temporarily closed while crews continue to work. The cause of the fire is believed to be an electrical transformer. IREA is on scene.
There are no injuries reported. No more information is available at this time.
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