FORT CARSON - Fort Carson officials say the post is now in the "recovery phase" after a wildfire that sent plumes of smoke into the air over Colorado Springs and came close to swallowing the Navajo Housing Area Sunday.
The fire was determined to be about 270 acres and started before noon Sunday near Gate 5. No structures were affected and nobody was injured. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
"I'm worried about it jumping the highway," said Jamie Gibson, a neighbor living across the street.
Helicopters are continuing to drop water buckets over the area, and the post has closed Titus Boulevard from Gate 5 to Harr Street. Gate 5 is open only for residents of the Navajo Housing Areas and emergency vehicles going to Evans Army Community Hospital.
Fort Carson says air operations will last until about 6 p.m.
The post also issued a reminder to residents in the area saying to change out HVAC unit air filters as soon as possible to prevent any effects of lingering smoke.
Colorado Springs Fire Department Capt. Brian Vaughan also advises people to avoid any outdoor burning.
"Everything you see on the surface right now is dead," said Vaughan. "The only thing that is alive is underneath, the roots."