Sheriff's Office assessing damage to homes from Fort Carson fire

Evacuations ordered due to wildland fire on Fort Carson

The Carson Midway fire burned about 2,100 acres after starting on Fort Carson and spreading east and south of Fountain, according to officials. It started on Fort Carson in the vicinity of a training excercise. They have not been able to return to their homes.

Several people told KRDO they have heard from fire officials that they are hoping to have evacuees return home at 5 p.m. on Saturday, this not a guarantee. Officials said Friday night they were working on a strong perimeter, and the majority of the flames had died down. Law enforcement did not say which homes would be barred reentry.

Fort Carson Garrison Commander Colonel Ron Fitch said the Carson Midway fire is not expected to reach I-25 and is moving east. Fitch addressed the media in a news conference at Pike Peak International Raceway at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The firefighters then began attacking the fire line itself.

Evacuations will still be in place until the assessment is complete and the Sheriff's Office has determined a safe time for Midway Ranch residents to return.

The State Emergency Operations Center has activated a level three response as of 6 p.m. Friday. The fire didn't jump across Interstate 25 and was mostly contained near the Pueblo County line. The response level continued into Saturday.

The Red Cross set up an evacuation site at the Fountain Valley Baptist Church on 500 W. Alabama Road.

A large animal shelter was set up at the Colorado State Fairgrounds. Land of Ahs Kennels at 12599 Jordan Road in Fountain is also accepting small animals.

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Pueblo Animal Services at 4600 Eagleridge Boulevard in Pueblo is serving as a shelver for small animals. At this time the Red Cross is not asking for donations in relation to this fire yet.

The Red Cross shelter is still open today.

Evacuations remain in place for around 250 households near the El Paso-Pueblo County line as teams from both counties work to assess the damages after a fire broke out Friday.

The fire is now 40 percent contained, as ground and air crews continue operations. Additional fixed-wing air assets have been requested and are on scene.

The Falcon Fire Department, Colorado Springs Fire Department, Cimarron Hills Fire Department and Hanover Fire Department are all sending crews.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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