A large fire developed Friday in central Colorado, near Fort Carson. The fire was south of Colorado Springs and continues to grow east, however is not (at this time) expected to reach Interstate 25, the main north-south corridor in the south. Weather, particularly gusty winds and very dry conditions, fueled the flames. The fire is being called the Carson Midway fire. The cause is being blamed on military training operations.
According to WeatherNation affiliate KOAA
in Colorado Springs, the fire has burnt 2,000-3,000 acres as of Friday evening. KOAA reports a total of 69 homes have been evacuated in Pueblo County and 250 homes in El Paso County.
Local county sheriff's deputies began evacuations immediately as the fire began around noon local time Friday.
The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office reports that they used choppers to help gain control of the fire.
Fire weather concerns remain high through Saturday for parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas as dry, breezy, and warm conditions will continue. That means fires will spread very quickly under these weather conditions.
Stick with WeatherNation as we continue to get new information on this fire.