That 6,500-acre wildfire at Fort Carson
Army post in Colorado Springs wasn't just a result of drought-like conditions on an unusually warm winter day. It turns out that good ol' plastic explosives played a part in the Quarry Fire, which, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette
, is now 70 percent contained.
Garrison commander Colonel Gene Smith is quoted in the newspaper as saying that assessments of the conditions appeared to indicate that triggering explosions as part of a training exercise would be okay without fire crews on standby. Yet wind whipped a small fire through grasses, igniting a blaze that soon jumped the post's eastern boundary, spurring evacuations.
No structures have been destroyed and no injuries were reported, according to The Associated Press