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Old 04-15-2008, 5:47 PM
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Angry Fort Carson Wildfire

A large wildfire is blazing South of Colorado Springs along highway 115 on Fort Carson land. A number of units from various El Paso county departments and Colorado Springs units. Highway 115 is closed and homes West of highway are being warned to expect evacuation. Too windy for air tanker drops.
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Cmd is placing the Ft Carson fire at 1,000 acres+.

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Old 04-16-2008, 8:16 AM
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FORT CARSON - At a press conference Wednesday Morning, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said the fire at Fort Carson is not contained. The fire grew to 9,600 acres overnight. The sheriff says that about 700 people have been evacuated in the fire area, and that the fire remained entirely on Fort Carson land overnight. No homes have burned. Highway 115 remains closed this morning and the State Patrol says it will stay closed until the fire is contained. 1 Firefighter was killed when his plane crashed while he was fighting the fire around 6:15 Tuesday Night.
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Old 04-16-2008, 8:03 PM
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From the Sterling Advocate: http://www.journal-advocate.com/arti...ews/local1.txt

STERLING and ORDWAY — A Sterling company’s pilot was killed Tuesday evening after his crop-duster plane crashed while battling a blaze along Colorado 115 near Fort Carson in Colorado Springs.

Two other people were killed Tuesday in other Colorado wildfires.

The pilot, identified this morning as Gert Marais, 42, of Fort Benton, Mont., worked for Aero Applicators in Sterling. The company declined to comment this morning.

The Fort Carson blaze charred 9,600 acres — about 15 square miles — and forced the evacuation of people living near the U.S. Army base.

Sterling Fire Chief Darrell Curtis said he received a call Tuesday night from the emergency manager for northeast Colorado asking how he could contact Aero Applicators so their crop-duster planes could be used to battle the blazes. Curtis said he gave him the phone number for Fort Collins Dispatch, which could call them out.

Curtis said his fire department has worked with Aero Applicators pilots for years battling grass fires.
“We just want to extend our condolences to everyone (at Aero). They risk their lives going out in the middle of those fires, and it’s a tragedy when we lose one of them.”
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Anyone else hear the rumor that there was the possibility of old land mines in or around the fire area?
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