Evacuations ordered as fire expands beyond Fort Carson

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About 100 people have been told to evacuate in Pueblo County and there an unknown number of homes evacuated in neighboring El Paso County because of Friday's fire. 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. Here's a map of the evacuation area, provided by the sheriff's office.

It started in an area on base about a mile northwest of Pueblo County on range 155. "Once complete, a determination will be made when residents can return to their homes".

A few places were still evacuated, and a Red Cross shelter would stay open, Fort Carson spokeswoman Brandy Gill said.

The Carson Midway Fire spread off the Army post, forcing evacuations near the border between El Paso and Pueblo counties Friday. No structures in Pueblo County were damaged. No further updates were given. It started on Fort Carson in the vicinity of a training excercise. Fort Carson officials said the fire started on the post and joined with another blaze that sparked up from a fire Thursday near Squirrel Creek Road.

The cause of the fire is undetermined. He said Friday that the training had to go on despite the fire-prone conditions. The firefighters then began attacking the fire line itself.

Three homes had burned as well as multiple vehicles, motorhomes and boats, El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder said at a news conference.

Officials estimate between 300 to 400 acres have burned. It is 40 percent contained as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Pueblo County Sheriff and National Weather Service noted in tweets that winds remain strong in the area which may affect how quickly the fire is contained.

Deputies say controlled traffic access for evacuation purposes only is at I-25 exit 119 at Rancho Colorado Blvd.

Evacuations have been ordered for the Midway Ranch subdivision. The boundary was then expanded north at about 1 p.m.

The Red Cross set up an evacuation site at the Fountain Valley Baptist Church on 500 W. Alabama Road. Donations can be taken to that location. An animal shelter has also been set up at the Colorado State Fairgrounds for Midway Ranch residents who have been evacuated.

The fire is now spreading, and multiple fire departments are working on containing a perimeter.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag warning Friday for 36 counties primarily in southwestern portions of the state and asked the public to refrain from burning.



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