UPDATE: Pinon Canyon fires still raging



Crews are still fighting fires at Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site. Fort Carson issued this statement this afternoon to update where the effort stands:

Firefighting crews are well into the 5th day of battling two blazes on
and adjacent to Fort Carson's Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site. As of 3 p.m.
this afternoon, there were no significant updates to be made, although
crews were able to clean out some pockets of fires within the larger
burn sites and were also able to shore up the fire-break lines.

The Callie Marie fire is still estimated to be affecting 6,500 acres and
is approximately 30-percent contained. Estimates for the Bear Springs
fire are also holding at the previously stated levels of approximately
26,000 acres affected and 50-percent containment.

Efforts to quantify the burn areas will soon be underway and a further
update regarding size and containment of the fires is expected later
this evening.
Updates will be made available as they are released.

————— ORIGINAL POST, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 4:10 P.M. —————

The Bear Springs and Callie Marie fires probably look like this as they blaze across southeast Colorado.
  • The Bear Springs and Callie Marie fires probably look like this as they blaze across southeast Colorado.

The Bear Springs fire on the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site in southeast Colorado has reached 25,000 acres, Fort Carson reported today. That's up from 3,000 acres as of 10 o'clock last night.

The fire is 15 miles west of another fire, the Callie Marie fire, which is estimated at 3,500 acres. The Callie Marie fire is located on the maneuver site used by Carson to train soldiers, and on U.S. Forest Service land in Las Animas County.

Both were believed to have started from lightning strikes.

As of this morning, Fort Carson reports that 14 engine companies, one road grader, one dozer, several hand crews, several heavy air tankers, a helicopter and several single-engine air tankers are battling the blazes in terrain difficult to access with wheeled vehicles. The fires have blown up quickly because of high winds and low humidity, and the lack of significant rainfall.

Fort Carson sent an incident management team to provide assistance, and additional crews from the Forest Service and Americorp are assisting in fighting the fires. No containment estimates were available as of this morning. No structures had been destroyed as of this morning, and no evacuations ordered.

We'll update when we hear more.

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