FORT CARSON, Colorado. – A Colorado wildfire that ignited on a U. S. Army post where an exercise was carried out had destroyed some homes in the neighborhood, but was mostly under control, leaving many residents who fled the flames to return home Saturday, authorities said.
Three houses had burned as well as multiple vehicles, rv’s and boats, the El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder said at a press conference. The glow that spread from Fort Carson to the rural Halfway Ranch community outside Colorado Springs was almost fully contained Saturday, and no injuries reported.
A few places were still evacuated, and a Red Cross shelter would remain open, Fort Carson spokeswoman Brandy Gill. The cause of the blaze that led to Friday during dry, windy weather, and grew to more than 5 square miles (13 square kilometers) was examined, she said.
Some residents complained that the Fort Carson need to take more precautions, or delay of the training this week, because of the high risk of fire. Samuel Saling told The Gazette of Colorado Springs that he and a few neighbours got no response when they asked the post for the postponement of the exercise.
“The Army is supposed to protect the American public, but certainly not the feeling that we are being protected,” Saling said.
Army Colonel Ron Fitch said infantry and helicopter units were training for an upcoming deployment when the fire broke out in Fort Carson. He said Friday that the training had to go on despite the fire-prone conditions.
“We have to train in preparation of the soldiers,” he told reporters.
Fort Carson’s Public Affairs Office is not a message in the newspaper seeking comment on Saturday.