Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Evacuations ordered as fire expands beyond Fort Carson

Evacuations ordered as fire expands beyond Fort Carson

The blaze that spread from Fort Carson to the rural Midway Ranch community outside Colorado Springs was nearly entirely contained Saturday, and no injuries were reported. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says residents may go to the center for resources, fire information and other assistance. Officials say several structures have been lost, but report no injuries or loss of life.

About 100 Pueblo County residents have been evacuated, not including those in El Paso County.

The fire, which started Friday on Fort Carson near a training exercise, has burned 3300 acres and is 80% contained as of late afternoon Saturday.

A wildfire that started at Fort Carson has spread off the Army post and forced the evacuation nearby residents in southern Colorado.

Some residents complained that Fort Carson should have taken more precautions or delayed the training activity this week because of high fire danger.

There were 45 wildfires reported Thursday in Kansas, which burned an estimated 13,000 acres. The rest of the burn was on Fort Carson.

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Fire evacuations expanded just after 1 p.m., with a northbound boundary at Donner Pass View, a southbound boundary of County Line Road, an eastern boundary of Interstate 25 and a western boundary of Fort Carson Route 1, according to the El Paso County Sheriff.

Some evacuees stayed overnight at the Red Cross evacuation center at Fountain Valley Baptist Church at 500 Alabama Avenue in Fountain.

Large animals are being accepted at the Colorado State Fairgrounds at Gate 6 on Small Ave, and Pueblo Animal Services located at 4600 Eagleridge Blvd. and the Land of Ahs in Fountain is taking in small animals.

Fort Carson has called at least four helicopters to help extinguish flames, according to emergency dispatch traffic.

Red flag warnings were issued across the region Friday.

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