Fort Carson Fire Map: Location of Midway Colorado Fire Evacuations

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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. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says residents may go to the center for resources, fire information and other assistance.

A fire destroyed two buildings in Kiowa County, state officials said, but no injuries have been reported.

At least 250 homes were evacuated, according to the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office.

The Carson Midway fire spread quickly Friday near Indian Village Heights and Armadillo Heights on the southeast corner of the Fort Carson training area.

Some residents complained that Fort Carson should have taken more precautions or delayed the training activity this week because of high fire danger.

KRDO asked Fort Carson why live-fire training was taking place on a day that offered ripe conditions for a wildfire, and an official said soldiers need to train for an upcoming deployment.

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There were 45 wildfires reported Thursday in Kansas, which burned an estimated 13,000 acres. It is 40 percent contained as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Evacuations have been ordered for the Midway Ranch subdivision.

Deputies say controlled traffic access for evacuation purposes only is at I-25 exit 119 at Rancho Colorado Blvd. The boundary was then expanded north at about 1 p.m.

The Red Cross evacuation center set up at the Fountain Valley Baptist Church, 500 Alabama Ave., Fountain, remains open.

Currently, no structures or personnel on Fort Carson are threatened but a large animal shelter has been set up at the Colorado State Fairgrounds for the Midway Ranch residents who are being evacuated.

Windy and dry conditions prompted a red flag warning in the area Friday, which means no outdoor burning is allowed.

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