Fire south of Idaho Springs fully contained

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By Ian Neligh

Firefighters on Saturday afternoon fully contained a wildland fire south of Idaho Springs near the Montane Park area.

The Santa Fe Fire burned about 3.25 acres, and 18 firefighters from multiple agencies worked to quell the flames, according to the U.S. Forest Service statement. Firefighting efforts were aided by light snow that fell this morning.

The fire appears to have started in a field on Friday afternoon. The flames set fire to both timber and grasslands in the Arapaho National Forest.

The cause is under investigation.

Smoke was spotted on Friday around 2:20 p.m., and a fire 6 feet wide by 8 feet long was discovered. No buildings were threatened by the blaze, and no residents were asked to evacuate. 

Clear Creek Fire Chief Kelly Babeon initially requested responders to stay out of the field because the winds made the fire "too unpredictable."

According to a press release from the Clear Creek Sheriff's Office, multiple agencies have responded to the fire, including the Idaho Springs Police Department, Clear Creek Fire Authority, Clear Creek County EMS, Central City Fire, Evergreen Fire/Rescue, Foothills Fire and the U.S. Forest Service.