Wild Horse Fire burning in Fort Carson training area now 10% contained

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Posted at 11:13 AM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 19:22:46-04

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — The Wild Horse Fire near Fort Carson is now 10% contained and remains at 580 acres as of Monday evening.

Fort Carson officials say to expect active fire and smoke throughout Monday night and the next few days.

The Wild Horse Fire that started Sunday near Colorado Springs is burning in a Fort Carson training area south of Gate 6 and north of Turkey Creek Road. It was originally burning west of Highway 115 and the fire jumped the highway from high winds.

UH-60 Black Hawks provided assistance Monday, focusing on the 115 corridor and trying to keep the fire from jumping back to the west side of Highway 115, according to Fort Carson Fire and Emergency officials.

The emergency departments said they feel confident about their firefighting efforts and aren't expecting high winds Monday. No structures or personnel are threatened as of Monday morning.

The El Paso County Sheriff ordered a mandatory evacuation Sunday for the area of Highway 115 between Turkey Creek Road and Little Turkey Creek Road, but has since lifted it. The area remains under pre-evacuation status.

The fire caused Highway 115 to shut down twice. It reopened around 3:40 p.m. Monday.

This is a developing story and will be updated.