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Colorado Springs Airport is issuing on-site protection and canceling ALL flights with nearby evacuations as fire rages

A SHELTER-in-place order was issued at the Colorado Springs airport on Thursday, along with mandatory evacuations for local residents due to the Alturas fire.

The blaze is one of three grass fires that forced evacuations Thursday, firefighters said.

A shelter-in-place order has been issued at Colorado Springs Airport as residents were evacuated due to a grass fire

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A shelter-in-place order has been issued at Colorado Springs Airport as residents were evacuated due to a grass firePhoto credit: Colorado Springs Fire Department
Water helicopters were brought in to fight the blaze

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Water helicopters were brought in to fight the blazePhoto credit: Colorado Springs Fire Department
According to officials, evacuations have been ordered in several parts of the city

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According to officials, evacuations have been ordered in several parts of the cityCredit: KOAA5

“We provide a shelter for the people in the building,” tweeted Colorado Springs Airport. “Please remain in the building at this time and we will continue to update everyone.”

All incoming operations inside the airport have stopped and passengers have been urged to contact their airlines regarding flight status.

Evacuations have been ordered for residents living south of Milton E Proby Parkway, east of Hancock Express Way, north of Bradley Rd/Alturas Drive and west of Peak Innovation Parkway El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

Mandatory evacuation was ordered for the area east of Powers and west of the Peak Innovation Way and northeast of the S-curve on Powers to Milton Proby Boulevard.

Helicopters were brought to the site of the blaze to try to water it down as much as possible.

Two schools previously had to be evacuated by Colorado Spring firefighters due to grass fires in the area.

Around 500 homes in the Stetson Hills neighborhood were evacuated because of this fire. Over 25 hectares were burned down.

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