El Paso County authorities respond to a rapidly spreading fire near Indian Village Heights and Armadillo Heights in the southeast corner of the Fort Carson training area.
– KOAA News 5 (@KOAA) March 16, 2018
Shortly before 1 pm, 69 homes have been evacuated affecting about 100 people, according to the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office.
Just before 2:00 p.m., the sheriff's office said the plane was being deployed for firefighting efforts.
Firefighter evacuations expanded just after 1 pm, a boundary to the north at Donner Pbad View, a boundary to the south of County Line Road, an eastern boundary of Interstate 25, and a western boundary of Fort Carson Route 1, according to the El Paso County Sheriff.
The evacuations expanded to the north. View of the Pbad, Border to the south – County Line Road, East Boundary – I25, West Boundary – Fort Carson Route 1 pic.twitter.com/ByOdBmmMR6
– EPCSheriff (@EPCSheriff) March 16 of 2018  The Pueblo County Sheriff said Midway Ranch was being evacuated.
#URGENT : PCSO in conjunction with El Paso County is ordering the evacuation of Midway Ranch due to a wildfire in the southeast corner of the Fort Carson training area. More information for folo. Monitor our Twitter, Facebook and local media. #carsonmidway
– PuebloCounty Sheriff (@PuebloCountySO) March 16, 2018
The evacuation route is Indian Village Heights to I-25, authorities said. The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office is allowing Midway Ranch residents to control access to traffic at exit 119 of I-25 at Rancho Colorado Boulevard for evacuation purposes only.
A large animal shelter is installed at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo. Those who need to use the shelter can enter door six on Small Avenue.
The Red Cross has established an evacuation center at Fountain Valley Baptist Church for residents in the Midway Ranch area, authorities said.
"Evacuated residents can go to the evacuation center for resources, fire information and other badistance," the sheriff's office said.
The Pueblo National Weather Service noted that critical weather conditions occurred throughout southern Colorado with winds over 25 miles per hour and relative humidity levels fall below 15 percent.
The meteorological service warned to avoid any activity that could ignite a fire.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a powder smoke smoke warning notice at Fort Carson near the Pueblo line and El Paso County.
"If the smoke is thick or thick in your neighborhood you may want to stay indoors," the department said in a press release. "This is especially true for people with heart disease, respiratory diseases, Younger and the elderly. Consider limiting outdoor activity when there is moderate to heavy smoke. Consider temporarily relocating if there is smoke inside and making you sick. If the visibility is less than 5 miles in smoke in your neighborhood, the smoke has reached levels that are not healthy. "