Three fires Sunday in eastern Colorado

fires in Colorado March 4, 2018 map

The map above shows the location of three fires in Colorado March 4, 2018.

(Originally published at 7:21 p.m. MST March 4, 2018)

Three wildfires broke out in eastern Colorado Sunday while the area was under a Red Flag Warning. A weather station near Fort Carson recorded relative humidities in the single digits and wind gusts above 50 mph.

Fort  Carson Fire

A fire close to Fort Carson south of Colorado Springs burned 644 acres near a housing development. About 400 residents, some of them on the military post, were forced to evacuate and Gate 5 leading into the base was closed.

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Forest Ridge Fire

A fire southeast of Denver and south of Kiowa near CR 45 and CR 118 burned 370 acres and destroyed at least four homes and five barns. Residents in the area were told to evacuate and the Elbert County Fairgrounds sheltered 37 horses, 3 cats, & 6 dogs. By late afternoon firefighters had stopped the spread and officials lifted the evacuation orders.

Rabbit 22 Fire

The Rabbit 22 Fire burned 9,700 acres in the southeast corner of Colorado south of Holly and Granada.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.