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A helicopter drops water on a fire south of Colorado Springs. About a 1 1/2 mile stretch along Hwy. 115 was charred by the Wild Horse Fire that started on Sunday. Crews continued to fight the fire on Monday. The highway was shut down down on Sunday afternoon, but reopened for Monday morning. Then a section of Highway 115 was temporarily shut down Monday afternoon so helicopters could attack the fire with water drops. Monday, October 12, 2020. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)tern

The Wild Horse fire, burning on Fort Carson west of Colorado 115 and south of Colorado Springs, grew to 670 acres as of Tuesday morning, according to a news release from Brandy Gill, a spokeswoman for Fort Carson.

Firefighters still have 10% of the fire contained and plan to focus on extinguishing hot spots within the fire's perimeter, Gill said.

Crews will continue to drop buckets of water on the fire along Colorado 115 throughout the day Tuesday. The highway is expected to stay open, unlike Monday when fire efforts prompted a 3-hour closure of CO-115. Fort Carson crews used UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in that area to keep the fire from jumping to the west side of the highway.

When the fire first erupted crews from Security, Colorado Springs, Cimarron Hills, CSU Utilities, U.S. Forest Service, Tri Lakes, Wescott, Palmer Lake and El Paso County Wildland were helping the Army fight the fire.

Now the teams responding are all Fort Carson based except for one U.S. Forest Service crew of the Pikes Peak District.

Smoke and fire from the interior parts of blaze will be visible from the road, but there is no danger to people or infrastructure as of Tuesday morning.

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@JessySnouwaert

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