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Neighbors experience frantic first moments of Carson-Midway wildfire Friday

Fire reminiscent of major fires in 2012, 2013

Evacuees experience frantic early moments of CarsonMidway fire

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - Evacuees of the Carson-Midway wildfire Friday near the El Paso County-Pueblo County endured nerve-wracking moments.

The dread of seeing the fire, the concern over how serious it would be, and the rush to escape in time reminded many of the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012 and the Black Forest Fire in 2013.

"This is a smaller fire than those two," a neighbor said.  "But it's the closest thing we've had to them since then."

Other similarities: nervous pets and frightened horses that were difficult to place in trailers; and many neighbors being away from home when the fire intensified.

However, some neighbors said the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires taught them how to prepare.

No one was injured and neighbors said they had enough time to take important documents and precious belongings with them.

"The fire wouldn't have been this bad if more people mitigated around their homes," a neighbor said.

Neighbors remain frustrated by the continuing dry conditions and the role that a training exercise at nearby Fort Carson may have played in starting the fire.

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