Evacuations Ordered As Wildfires Flare Up In Oklahoma, Kansas


Helicopters are performing water drops in an attempt to slow the fire's spread, KOAA reported, and crews from Fort Carson, Colorado Springs, Black Forest, Hanover, Falcon, and the Cimarron Hills Fire Departments are working to contain the blaze.

Large plumes of smoke are visible in much of the area and Fort Carson said in a news release that the fire has burned 1,234 acres - a little less than the 1,500 acres they initially estimated.

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Officials confirmed Friday that structures were lost to the blaze.

The fire covers an area on the south edge of El Paso County's border with northern Pueblo County.

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About 250 homes have been evacuated due to the fire, which started on a Fort Carson training range Friday morning. It started on Fort Carson in the vicinity of a training excercise. The fire has burned about 3,300 acres. He said Friday that the training had to go on despite the fire-prone conditions. The 3300-acre fire is 40% contained as of 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The rest of the burn was on Fort Carson. Around 100 homes were put on evacuation order in that area. Controlled traffic access was allowed for evacuation purposes at exit 119 on Interstate 25. The boundary was then expanded north at about 1 p.m.

Evacuated residents are encouraged to find support from the Red Cross at the Fountain Valley Baptist Church at 500 Alabama Avenue. An animal shelter has also been set up at the Colorado State Fairgrounds for Midway Ranch residents who have been evacuated. Colorado Springs Fire Department is sending two engines and two brush trucks along with a Battalion Chief, Security Fire Department has sent brush trucks, and other departments are sending equipment as well.

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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.