Residents who have been evacuated due to a fire along the El Paso-Pueblo County line can start returning to their homes, with the exception of three locations. The fire, which started Friday on Fort Carson near a training exercise, has burned 3300 acres and is 80% contained as of late afternoon Saturday.
— El Paso County PIO (@epcpio) March 18, 2018
Residents able to return will need identification and proof of residence in order enter the area and can enter via one of two checkpoints: I-25 exit 122 and Midway Ranch Road; or I-25 exit 119 at the intersection of Rancho Colorado Boulevard and Boca Raton Road.
Last updated: 6:30 p.m. Saturday 3/17/18
--1:42 p.m. Saturday update:
Evacuations Remain In Place At El Paso-Pueblo County Line As Damages Are Assessed
Evacuations remain in place for around 250 households near the El Paso-Pueblo County line as teams from both counties work to assess the damages after a fire broke out Friday. The 3300-acre fire is 40% contained as of 12:30 p.m. Saturday. It started on Fort Carson in the vicinity of a training excercise. Officials say several structures have been lost, but report no injuries or loss of life.
The Red Cross evacuation center set up at the Fountain Valley Baptist Church, 500 Alabama Ave., Fountain, remains open. Large animals are still being accepted at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo; the Pikes Peak Humane Society sheltered 24 animals last night, according to El Paso County officials.
Meantime, a large portion of southern Colorado faces another Red Flag Warning Saturday until 7 p.m.