Weather Helps Ft. Carson Fire

Fire officials have lifted an emergency evacuation for residents on the west side of Highway 115 from Barrett Road up to Gate 5 at Fort Carson.

At noon on Wednesday, Fort Carson officials announced that 10 percent of the fire had been contained and it was burning just under 9,000 acres.

Around 3 p.m., officials announced that the threat to homes in the evacuated areas was considered minimal.

Thursday morning officials announced the Wednesday night's snowfall helped firefighters contain about 20-30 percent.

Highway 115, which was closed for about 24 hours has been reopened.

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About 800 people received Reverse 911 calls Tuesday night and officials say about 60-70 percent of those called did evacuate.

Evacuation centers were set up at Fort Carson and Pikes Peak Community College.

For more information residents are asked to call 211 from land lines and 955-0742 from cell phones.

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Fort Carson was not conducting controlled burns. The cause of the fire, which started Monday, is unknown.

Sheriff Terry Maketa is calling this the largest wildfire ever in El Paso County.

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