FOUNTAIN, Colo. (CBS4/AP) — Authorities declared the Carson Midway Fire 100 percent contained early Sunday afternoon while residents’ anger burned toward the nearby Army base.
“I’m prior service. My husband is prior service. We understand training. We understand the need of training,” resident Andrea Sales-McMurtry told CBS affiliate KKTV. “But when you have 60 mile an hour winds and you’re using hot rounds, you’re really putting everybody in danger.”
An on-line petition critical of Fort Carson using live rounds during training exercises on Red Flag Warning days had gathered nearly 1,300 signatures by the time crews contained the latest fire.
The Carson Midway Fire has destroyed three homes and multiple other buildings and vehicles.
Fort Carson spokeswoman Brandy Gill said Sunday it is not immediately clear whether soldiers were using live ammunition during a training exercise before the fire broke out.
But Gill also stated that live ammunition is regularly used because soldiers’ lives depend on realistic training.
That doesn’t calm the nerves of residents like Sales-McMurtry.
“They can’t fight the fire on the artillery rounds because there might be artillery rounds that haven’t gone off yet,” she said. “That would put them at risk. So, instead, all of us got put at risk. I hope it’s a learning experience for them now.”
A tire fire burning in the 20800 block of Prairie Fire Point remains the only significant trouble spot and has the attention of fire crews from El Paso County, Pueblo County, and Fort Carson.
The only homes still evacuated are in the area of this tire fire. All other residents were permitted to return to their homes Saturday evening.
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