Residents of Midway Ranch in southern El Paso County are being evacuated for the second day in a row due to a growing outside fire Friday.

The fire is being called the Carson Midway fire.

Photo Credit: Dougal Brownlie, Colorado Springs Gazette.

This is an ongoing story, check back here or on the Colorado Springs Gazette for updates.

UPDATE 5:12 p.m.

Manitou Springs Fire Department Fire Chief John K. Korsett has issued an open burning ban and outdoor smoking ban for the City of Manitou Springs.

UPDATE 4:49 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo expects gusts of up to 35 mph to continue in the area of the Carson Midway Fire until about 7 p.m. Winds are forecast to lighten but become more “erratic” late this evening and continue overnight. Relative humidity is predicted to increase from near 10 percent at 7 p.m. to 30 percent by midnight.

Pueblo Animal Services is accepting small animals from evacuated Midway Ranch residents. The Colorado State Fairgrounds is open to shelter large animals.

UPDATE 4:35 p.m.

The Carson Midway Fire is estimated 2,032 acres. Evacuations are still in effect.

UPDATE 4:27 p.m.

All unincorporated areas of El Paso County are under Stage I Fire Restrictions. El Paso County Sheriff’s Office’s deputy fire warden, John Padgett, ordered the restrictions due to current and forecast dry and warmer-than-average conditions.

The following are prohibited:

1. Open burning, excepting fires and campfires within permanently constructed fire grates in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds; charcoal grills and wood burning stoves at private residences in areas cleared of all flammable materials.

2. The sale or use of fireworks.

3. Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

UPDATE 4:10 p.m.

The Pikes Peak Humane Society is helping to evacuate pets and livestock from the fire.

UPDATE 3:21 p.m.

The Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame says evacuees needing a place to take their horses can contact Kent Sturman at 650-9321 or the Hall of Fame at 528-4764 ext. 8.

UPDATE 3:08 p.m.

The Air Quality Health Advisory issued by the state Health Department has been extended into southeast El Paso County and will last until 8 p.m.

UPDATE 2:44 p.m.

At least two helicopters are making water drops over the fire.

UPDATE 2:24 p.m.

Multiple homes have burned in the fire, the El Paso County Sheriff tweeted. Unknown number of structures or whether they are in El Paso or Pueblo county.

Fort Carson’s range 155 is a training area on the post’s southeast corner that is used for large-scale training events involving armored vehicles, infantry, artillery and aircraft. A notice filed with the Federal Aviation Administration showed the range was reserved for a 4th Combat Aviation brigade training exercise that included aerial gunner by AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.

UPDATE 1:56 p.m.

Helicopters are being sent to help suppress the fire, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.

UPDATE 1:09 p.m.

Evacuations have expanded, spanning between Donner Pass View to the north, County Line Road to the south, I-25 to the east and Fort Carson Route 1 to the west.

UPDATE 12:48 p.m.

Sixty-nine homes in Pueblo County are being evacuated, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office tweeted. The location of the homes was not specified.

UPDATE 12:44 p.m.

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that the fire has burned 1,234 acres.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for northeastern Pueblo County until 4 p.m. The wildfire may create moderate to heavy smoke in rural areas of the northeastern part of the county, the state Health Department tweeted.

Photo Credit: Colorado Springs Fire Department.

UPDATE 12:36 p.m.

Prairie Heights Elementary School students are evacuating to the junior/senior high school as a precaution.

Fort Carson updated the fire acreage on the post to 300 to 400 acres.

UPDATE 12:20 p.m.

An evacuation center is being set up at Fountain Valley Baptist Church, 500 West Alabama Avenue in Fountain. Evacuated residents may go to the evacuation center for resources, fire information, and other assistance.

UPDATE 12:16 p.m.

A large animal shelter has been set up at the Colorado State Fairgrounds for the Midway Ranch residents being evacuated for the fire.

UPDATE 11:41 a.m.

Evacuations are now between High Stakes and Chaps View east to Interstate 25, south to County Line and west to Boca Raton Heights.

Residents are being told to evacuate via Indian Village Heights to I-25.

Radio scanner traffic is reporting flames 30 to 40 feet high.

Residents of Midway Ranch in southern El Paso County are being evacuated for the second day in a row due to a growing outside fire.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that the fire is in the area of Indian Village Heights and Armadillo. Those within two miles of the intersection of Chaps and Outback views are being told to evacuate.

The Hanover Fire Department, alongside Falcon, Cimarron Hills, Black Forest, Colorado Springs and county fire departments, are responding. The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is also assisting with evacuations and traffic controls.

Fort Carson reported that the fire started on range 155 and traveled south of post. It has burned 1,500 acres so far. No structures on post are threatened.

Colorado Springs is under a red flag warning Friday. The National Weather Service forecast wind speeds to reach 25 to 30 mph with gusts as high as 45 mph.

This is an ongoing story, check back here or on the Colorado Springs Gazette for updates.

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