19 Apr 2008, 6:44pm
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Fort Carson Fire

Where: Fort Carson, El Paso Co., Colorado

Date of Origin: 04/14/2008, time unknown

Situation as of 04/19/08:
Total Personnel ~300
Size 9,600 acres
Percent Contained 75%

Summary: One fatality. Pilot Gert Marais, 42, of Fort Benton, Mont., crashed his single-engine air tanker Tuesday evening. Marais crashed on his first slurry run of the day in high winds. See [here].

No homes were destroyed.

Evacuations: 800 people evacuated. Evacuation order lifted.

Cause: Unknown

Outlook: Heavy snow has apparently damped the fire. Mop up of hot spots continues today.



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