FOUNTAIN, Colo. — A fire burning on Fort Carson’s range 155 Friday traveled off post and burned an three homes in a large area south of Fountain, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
A Fort Carson official said the fire was sparked during a training exercise Friday morning.
This is the third fire that has scorched the base since March 4. Strong winds made the fire’s behavior erratic. It was estimated to have burned 3,300 acres by Friday night in El Paso and Pueblo counties.
Residents of 250 homes in Midway Ranch were evacuated but permitted to return Saturday evening.
As of 6:00 p.m. Saturday night, officials said the fire was 80 percent contained.
The Red Cross set up an evacuation site in Fountain at the Fountain Valley Baptist Church, 500 W. Alabama Blvd., for those affected by the fire.
Land of Oz at 1299 Jordan Road in Fountain and Pueblo Animal Services at 4600 Eagleridge Boulevard were providing shelter for small animals.
A shelter for large animals was operating at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo.
Evacuations were expanded between Donner Pass View at the north and County Line Road to the south.
The east-west boundary spanned between Interstate 25 and Fort Carson Route 1 said the El Paso County Sheriff.
An official from Fort Carson said Friday night that a flare up of the Hanover Fire from Thursday and a new fire that started on the Army base Friday came together to form the Carson-Midway Fire.
There was no estimate on how much of the fire was contained. The El Paso County Sheriff’s office tweeted that structures have been destroyed but it’s not known how many or whether they are in El Paso or Pueblo County.
The Pueblo County Sheriff and National Weather Service noted in tweets that winds remain strong in the area which may have affected how quickly the fire is contained.
This story will continue to be updated as we receive more information about the fire.