Multiple grass fires burning in rural parts of Colorado prompt evacuations

Published: Apr. 22, 2022 at 2:59 PM MDT|Updated: Apr. 22, 2022 at 7:42 PM MDT
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OTERO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - The Otero County Sheriff’s announced an evacuation notice for an area near Highway 350 on Friday just before 2 p.m., one of just several burning in southern Colorado on Friday. The evacuation order by the Otero County Sheriff’s Office for an area along Highway 350 was lifted just before 3 p.m.

Another wildfire in Kiowa County forced residents in the town of Chivington and Brandon to evacuate, prompting the closure of Highway 96 for a period of time between Country Road 57.3 and Country Road 54. The Kiowa County Community building at the fairgrounds in Eads was opened for residents who had to evacuate. Those evacuation orders were lifted soon after 7 p.m.

Click here for details on the fire in Colorado Springs that prompted evacuations at “The Farm” subdivision. The fire in Colorado Springs burned about 17 acres and was caused by someone illegally welding without a permit and without proper precautions with burn restrictions in place.

At about 5:15 p.m. an evacuation notice was given for Colorado Mountain Estates in Teller County, south of Florissant. Click here for updates on that fire. Evacuations were still in place as of 7:30 p.m. impacting about 100 homes.

At about 6:45 p.m. evacuation orders were issued for a fire southwest of Peyton, and then lifted at about 7:30 p.m. Click here for more on the fire in Peyton.

The Otero County Sheriff’s Office shared video of the fire burning off Highway 350, which involved a train bridge:

April 22, 15:25. Visibility and conditions off Highway 350 where train bridge is burning. Highway is still closed at County Road Y, so please avoid the area.

Posted by Otero County Sheriff’s Office News Page on Friday, April 22, 2022

Colorado News YOUR Way was tracking multiple blazes south of Colorado Springs:

WILDFIRES: There are multiple wildfires in SE Colorado, today Friday April 22. First, a wildfire is burning near...

Posted by Colorado News YOUR Way on Friday, April 22, 2022

Fires on Highway 109 near Vogel Canyon turnoff and large fire Highway 350 in vicinity of Road Y. Evacuations along Road Y and Road Z talking place currently

Posted by Otero County Sheriff’s Office News Page on Friday, April 22, 2022

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