Live Fire Training Started Colorado Wildfire

Aviation training ignited the March 16 fire


FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — The Army says a wildfire that destroyed at least two homes in southern Colorado was sparked by live fire training at Fort Carson.

Monday’s announcement came over a week after the 3,300-acre (1,335 hectare) fire started on a day when a fire warning was issued because of high winds and dry weather.

A statement from the post said aviation training ignited the March 16 fire. It spread from Fort Carson to private land, where it also ignited a stockpile of tires.

In a statement, the post’s commander, Maj. Gen. Randy A. George, said the Army needs to balance its training needs with the safety of its neighbors. He said the Army was “mitigating risk and altering training” before the fire and will continue to do so based on what it’s learned.

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