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Fort Carson responds to fire near Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site

Fort Carson Pinon fire
Posted at 1:25 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 10:24:00-04

MODEL, Colo. — Fort Carson fire and emergency personnel continue to respond to a fire near a training site that began Thursday night, according to Fort Carson officials.

The post said the fire is "located in a remote training area" two miles from the northeast border of Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site with no buildings or structures currently being threatened. The Otero County Sheriff's Office was one of the responding agencies Thursday night. The sheriff's office said multiple agencies responded to the fire since it was unclear whose jurisdiction it fell under.

Fort Carson officials said ground crews were able to establish fire lines Thursday night and that they requested heavy air tankers for Friday. They said they requested assistance from the U.S. Forest Service, Pueblo, Hoene, Cimarron Hills, La Junta, Trinidad and Rocky Ford fire departments but due to COVID-19, the help may be restricted.

The post is investigating the cause of the fire, but they do not suspect military training.