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Sweetwaterfire near Pikes Peak International Raceway burns up to 346 acres

Sweetwaterfire is currently under control and mandatory evacuations have been lifted.
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Posted at 1:38 PM, Oct 22, 2022

Update as of Monday morning:
According to officials, the Sweetwater Fire is at 100% containment. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said that Hanover Fire Department finished its firefighting efforts.

Update as of 5:14 PM
All fire crews will continue to monitor the fire throughout the night and tomorrow but are being released. 3-4 firetrucks will remain on scene. The fire is currently under control and mandatory evacuations have been lifted. Over 100 firefighters were on site today, and almost all 17 agencies in El Paso County helped fight the fire.

Update as of 3:58 PM:
Residents with livestock and other animals who live within the Sweetwater Fire evac area and who need assistance removing their animals can call the El Paso Sheriff's non-emergency line at 719-390-5555. The Humane Society will assist in evacuating livestock.

Former evacuated areas included Fort Carson on the west, High Stakes View on the South, Donner Pass View, Sugar Foot Point, Dude Ranch Point, High Plans View, Gold Dust Trail, and other homes in the area. Colorado Springs Police personnel are securing the area and helping to evacuate residents.

The Hanover Fire Department and other crews are on the scene for a fire at Pikes Peak International Raceway which has burned up to 346 acres moving northeast, now towards Ray Nixon Road. Crews are working on hotspots and structure protection. CDOT has the road closed between Exit#119 Rancho Colorado Blvd and Exit #122 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Around 12:30 p.m., officials received calls regarding a fire in Donner Pass View Area, located on private land, not on Fort Carson. When the fire started, about 50 acres had burned.

Just after 1 p.m., officials began going door to door, evacuating homes in the Donner Pass Area.

The fire was allegedly started by someone shooting in an open area, not on Fort Carson, on a red flag day. No arrests have been made.

Stick with KOAA News5 for more updates on the Sweetwater Fire.

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