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Published on Jun 27, 2012
Carmichael Training Systems Coaches and Athletes were riding mountain bikes up Rampart Range Road outside of Colorado Springs on Saturday, June 23 as part of a routine ride. On the way up in the morning, there was no smoke or fire as they passed The Overlook. On the way back down, they spotted smoke below them to the south. Fire fighters were already on Rampart Range Road when the still images of the fire were taken. Firefighters advised the group to get down off Rampart Range Road as fast as possible, which they did. Just look at the growth of the smoke plume in the time it took to drive a few miles down Rampart Range Road! The fire had topped the ridge before they even made it to the water tank/cell towers just above the Cedar Heights neighborhood!
CORRECTION: The time stamps on the images/videos used was incorrect. Coaches were at The Lookout at 11AM on Saturday with no fire/smoke present, then on their way down at 1:15-1:30PM when they stopped and took photos of the beginning of the smoke plume.