Wild Horse Fire: 40% containment on fire burning near Highway 115, Fort Carson

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COLORADO SPRINGS — The Wild Horse Fire off Highway 115 has now burned about 670 acres, Fort Carson officials said Tuesday morning.

That’s an increase from about 580 acres reported Monday. Containment is at 40%, according to a press release Tuesday afternoon.

All firefighting assets external to Fort Carson have been released. The 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, UH-60 Black Hawks have completed air support operations but will remain on standby to support as necessary. Fort Carson crews will remain on the ground to fight any hot spots that may arise. 

No structures are threatened, and no mandatory evacuations are in place. Ongoing assessments have shown there is no danger to people or infrastructure on the installation.

Smoke may still be visible from Highway 115 for the next several days.

Here’s the latest on the fire.

Fire location

The fire started Sunday afternoon near Highway 115 mile marker 33, which is about 10 miles south of Fort Carson Gate 1.

The fire started on the west side of the highway, but jumped across the highway and burned a training area at Fort Carson, according to post officials. The fire is burning on post south of Gate 6 and north of Turkey Creek. It poses no threat to Fort Carson proper.

Pre-evacuation notices

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued Sunday for Highway 115 at Turkey Creek to Highway 115 at Little Turkey Creek, but those orders were lifted Monday. The area remains on pre-evacuation status. All streets connected to Redcliff Ranch View and three miles to the north are also under a pre-evacuation notice.

Highway 115 status

Bambi bucket operations will continue along Highway 115 Tuesday, but the highway is expected to remain open throughout the day, according to Fort Carson officials.

The highway was closed for several hours Monday afternoon for firefighting operations.

Firefighting efforts

Fort Carson crews have established a solid perimeter and are now focusing on interior hot spots.

Bambi bucket operations along Highway 115 will continue throughout the day Tuesday. Active fire and smoke from the interior of the fire will be visible for the next several days.

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