Fort Carson fire fully contained, burned less than 1,000 acres

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A view of the fire on Fort Carson from Pueblo West on Wednesday / Kristin Sokolowski

FORT CARSON, Colo. — A fire in a gully on a Fort Carson training range has been 100 percent contained. It burned less than 1,000 acres, officials said.

On Friday, 14 water drops were conducted using CH-47 Chinooks from the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade. The helicopters were released from the water drop mission afterward and are not anticipated for future use, said Dani Johnson, Chief of Media Relations with Fort Carson’s Public Affairs.

The fire started around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, possibly as a result of Tuesday evening’s lightning that smoldered in the tall grasses and trees nearby. This was further exacerbated by increased winds on Wednesday.

Officials said fire lines were built by engineers from the 4th Engineer Battalion and the Directorate of Public Works. El Paso County Wildfire, Cheyenne Mountain Air Station and the U.S. Air Force Academy assisted in the containment.

Forestry hand crews from Wyoming, Buena Vista and Cañon City helped fight the fire.

No training was conducted on any ranges on Fort Carson over the weekend.

Although the perimeter is set, there will still be visible smoke from the interior of the containment area while it burns itself out.

Firefighters will remain on site until the fire is completely out.

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