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Decades ago, deadliest fire in El Paso County history started at Fort Carson

By: The Gazette
March 5, 2018 Updated: March 5, 2018 at 8:50 pm
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A large brush fire that was fueled by high winds came close to housing at Ft. Carson on Sunday, March 4, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

While small grass fires from live-fire exercises down range are common at Fort Carson, on Jan. 17, 1950, the deadliest wildfire in El Paso County history broke out at noon on what was then known as Camp Carson. 

Within 90 minutes, 20 buildings at the north end of the post were ablaze.

The wildfire claimed nine lives, injured 50 and destroyed 89 buildings worth more than $5 million at the post.

Fanned by 50- to 70-mph winds, it burned a 50-square-mile area from the Army post up Cheyenne Mountain and to The Broadmoor hotel, which was saved by hundreds of firefighters. 

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