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Blaze burns 52 acres near Lake Minnequa

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By Kimmy Reinhardt

On June 2 a fire broke out on the east side of Lake Minnequa in Pueblo. As of deadline Friday, the cause of the fire was unknown. The Pueblo Fire Department arrived Thursday afternoon and quickly worked to fight the flames. 

Smoke filled the sky of the surrounding area as land burned and ash fell in the surrounding neighborhoods as far south as El Camino.

The fire burnt approximately 52 acres, according to the Pueblo Fire Department, before being contained with the help of local firefighters and a state helicopter collecting water from Lake Minnequa. Community members watching the first responders could be heard discussing their gratitude for the fire starting so close to a water source. 

While the fire was active, and taking much of the east side of the lake, many carried on with activities as normal. Locals walked along trails on the other side of the lake, and young children played in the field near Corwin Magnet while family members watched nearby. Despite the blaze nearby the liveliness and community of Lake Minnequa never ceased. 

The fire was contained and first responders were monitoring the site throughout Thursday evening, as smoke was still present.  

** Related copy: Wildfire burns 2.5 acres adjacent to campus **
** The blaze through our lenses **
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