Fort Carson evacuees cleared to return home after fire

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Multiple crews responded to a fire near Gate 5 and the Navajo Village housing area on Fort Carson on Sunday afternoon, officials said.

The Navajo Village Housing area, the Warrior Transition Battalion and the 10th Special Forces Complex were evacuated as a precaution, and Gate 5 has been closed because of concerns, officials said.

Several agencies were on the scene of the fire.

Fort Carson authorities said no structures or personnel were threatened by the fire.

Officials estimate roughly 400 people were impacted by the fire and about 700 acres burned.

Statements made at a late-afternoon news conference indicate crews have a handle on the fire but don't know how it started.

Evacuees were allowed back home at roughly 7 p.m., a spokesman said.

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