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Salt Canyon Fire spreads onto Fort Carson

Posted at 4:00 PM, Oct 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-19 18:17:55-04

FORT CARSON, CO — A wildfire Tuesday spread onto a Fort Carson training area after jumping from Highway 115 around 2 PM.

The fire is named the Salt Canyon Fire and has impacted around 5 acres so far. No buildings or personnel are threatened at this time.

The fire started along Highway 115 off base before traveling onto Fort Carson boundaries.

Smoke and flames will continue to be visible from Highway 115 as it is still an active scene. The Fremont County, Highway 115, Penrose, and Southern Colorado Interagency Wildland Fire Team, are the agencies responding.

Crews called in the assistance of helicopters today to assist in fighting the blaze this afternoon.

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As of 8:30 PM according to the Fort Carson PIO Norm Schifflitt crews have been able to battle the fire down to just 5 acres with 65% of it contained.

As of 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 19th the Fort Carson PIO has said that the fire is currently 90% contained and that crews are clearing the scene at this point. However, they will continue to monitor for hotspots and flare-ups.

There is no active investigation for the cause of the fire at this time.

A News5 crew is on the way to the scene and additional details will be provided as they become available.

Editors Note: We previously reported that this fire impacted 30 acres of Fort Carson land. After communication with a Fort Carson PIO, crews believed the fire was much larger on arrival than it actually was. Crews now say it only burned 5 acres.

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