Colorado Springs Firefighters are knocking down what is left of the Bear Creek Fire in Southwest Colorado Springs. The blaze broke out Thursday afternoon. Some 235 homes were evacuated for a short while. No word on how the fire began. No homes were damaged in the fire, and there were no injuries. Fire officials praised area homeowners for the mitigation work they had done to protect their homes in the event of a fire. More than 100 firefighters from numerous area agencies teamed up to fight the fire. Several helicopters were also brought in, dropping water and fire retardant. Drought conditions persist in the Springs and in El Paso County.