42,000-Acre Pinon Canyon Blaze Threatens Structures

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Calmer winds could help slow the spread of a wildfire that started on a military training site in southeastern Colorado.

The fire is now estimated to be burning on 42,000 acres, fanned by two straight days of strong winds.

It jumped the Purgatoire River, a natural fire break, and is now burning in surrounding federal, state and private land.

Officials with the Rocky Mountain Fire Department say there are eight residences threatened as well as numerous historic and prehistoric sites. They say the area is rich with rock art and artifacts from the waves of settlers who've called the area home for centuries.

Fort Carson officials say they are defending some training structures on their property but they are only aware of one structure being threatened off post.

Temperatures are expected to reach the high 70s with winds of up to 10 miles per hour on Friday. Steve Segin of the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center said the break in the weather should help firefighters go on the offense against the fire.

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  • by Firefighters Wife Location: Fort Carson, CO on Jun 14, 2008 at 08:25 AM
    Mother nature does things her own way! Why does everyone have to complain about what the Army is doing? The fire was started by a lighting strike! The Army and Fire Dept follow all the guidelines when it comes to Red Flag warnings! Why do so many people assume they are working against the people? There are men and women out there fighting to get the fire under control as fast as they can with out any loss in life or property while still keeping themselves safe. Let's think about the men and women who put there lives on the line and hum do you not think that they don't communicate with the farmers and ranchers out there. Well they do and they all work together for the common cause to protect the properties of everyone involved. Rather then complaining about what the Army wants say prayers for the farmers, ranchers, and the men and women out fighting the fires.
  • by Me on Jun 14, 2008 at 12:31 AM
    Wait a sec....ru really saying the army would burn its own training ground ( one fith of it ) in order to aquire ranch land.... come on... I dont agree with the take over BUT let get serious here
  • by BillMac on Jun 13, 2008 at 09:34 PM
    Your guys are morons.... ya the armys gonna burn 40K acres to aquire land...hahahah. Come on folks. Ft Carson has to adhere to strict EPA guidelines in order to do controled burns and must adhere to Colorado Reg 9. The STATE of CO would have to be informed if burns were taking place. Google "Pueblo Interagency Dispatch" and do some research for yourselves. Sounds like you guys have some beef w/ the US Army. Dry the tears..... the US Army will aquire your land with or without burning it.
  • by concerned Location: close by on Jun 13, 2008 at 09:14 PM
    I would really like to see proof of any lightning, any where with in 100 miles of the fire, the day it started. Looked to me like clear, blue skys. There were however planes and helicopters flying Tuesday evening working on the fire, but as of yet...Not one of the local fire departments have been called in to assist. Nor have they been kept informed.
  • by Stop the burn Location: Colorado on Jun 13, 2008 at 01:08 PM
    Hmmm, I wonder if the Army let this fire go on purpose?? It seems that the area it is moving into is the very area they would like to see burn to make take over easier.
  • by J Location: K on Jun 13, 2008 at 12:09 PM
    Rica, you are an idiot! There was no burning going on and this was caused by lighting. Within 3 hours of finding the smoke, DECAM crews called in extra support. Where do you get your information from? Idiot.....
  • by rica Location: springs on Jun 13, 2008 at 10:19 AM
    Why is the army burning on their site when we have red flag warnings and fire bans in effect? Of course the army spokesman said he suspected a lightening strike started it. Why should the army take responsibility for their carelessness? No backup was called in until Thursday-3 days after it started in these extremely windy conditions. Really responsible, Mr. Government. Thanks for looking out for the people and leaving the ranchers defenseless and alone. Really makes you want to support the army and it's expansion . . . I think not. This is ludicrous.
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