Wild Horse Fire: Highway 115 reopens after fire operations

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Highway 115 south of Colorado Springs reopened after being closed for most of the day Monday for helicopter firefighting operations, the Colorado State Patrol said.

The Wild Horse Fire, located on Fort Carson post off of Highway 115, south of Gate 6 and north of Turkey Creek is now 10% contained.

Helicopter crews are fighting the Wild Horse Fire, which started Sunday and has burned about 580 acres, according to the latest estimates.

In a press release Monday, it said crews are tying in the southern perimeter to ensure there are no further hotspots which pose a threat. Bambi bucket operations along Highway 115 are complete for the day, but aerial assets will continue to fight the fire in other areas until sundown.

According to fire officials, there will be active fire and smoke on the interior of the fire throughout the night Monday and into the next few days. Aerial assets will return Wednesday.

Crews will continue to work and monitor the perimeter throughout the night. Fire line operations will start again tomorrow with Fort Carson crews and mutual aid assets.

The highway was closed in both directions between mile markers 38 (near Old Cañon City Road) and 32 (near Wild Horse Road). There was no local detour, so drivers who need to get between Colorado Springs and points southwest should use Interstate 25 through Pueblo, according to state patrol.

No containment has been established on the fire, but Fort Carson officials said firefighters “feel confident about the fire break boxes they have created around the fire.”

Mandatory evacuation orders that were issued Sunday have been lifted.

No structures are threatened.

There’s no word yet on the cause.

Another update will be provided at approximately 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

Fire location

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

Approximate location of fire:

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 Fort Carson officials, the fire is burning on post south of Gate 6 and north of Turkey Creek. It poses no threat to Fort Carson proper.

Evacuations

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued Sunday for Highway 115 at Turkey Creek to Highway 115 at Little Turkey Creek. The sheriff’s office said Monday morning that the mandatory evacuation order has been lifted. 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.

Road closures

Highway 115 from South Academy Boulevard to Penrose was closed overnight due to the fire. It reopened around 4 a.m., but is closed again Monday afternoon for firefighting operations.

Firefighting efforts

“While the fire is zero percent contained, the emergency departments have said they feel confident about the fire break boxes they have created around the fire, and high winds are not expected today,” Fort Carson officials said Monday morning.

UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopters will be helping with firefighting efforts Monday. They will be focusing on the Highway 115 corridor, according to Fort Carson officials.

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