x
Breaking News
More () »

Fast-moving fire contained in southeast Colorado

The communities of Brandon and Chivington in Kiowa County were evacuated for the grass fire Friday.

KIOWA COUNTY, Colo. — The communities of Brandon and Chivington in southeast Colorado were evacuated Friday afternoon for a fast-moving grass fire, which was contained later in the day.

Kiowa County said on Facebook about 3 p.m. Friday that anyone north of Highway 96 in the Chivington and Brandon areas should prepare to evacuate.

The Kiowa County Sheriff's Office said that the Kiowa County Community building at the fairgrounds in Eads was open for the residents who have had to evacuate.

About 6 p.m., the fire was contained and crews were mopping up, the Kiowa Independent reported.

Highway 96 reopened after being closed between County Road 57.3 and County Road 54 near Brandon in Kiowa County, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

It was unclear how large the wildfire was. Kiowa County is a sparsely populated county in far eastern Colorado, north of Lamar and Las Animas.

Michael Buchanan, sheriff of neighboring Cheyenne County, said that Cheyenne Wells and Kit Carson provided mutual aid.

RELATED: Evacuations ordered for fire in north Colorado Springs

RELATED: 'Our risk is significant': State leaders say they're prepared for 'above average' fire season

> Top stories from 9NEWS curated daily just for you! Sign up for the 9NEWSLETTER right now to get can’t-miss stories, Next and Broncos content, weather and more delivered right to your inbox.

SUGGESTED VIDEOS: Wildfires in Colorado


MORE WAYS TO GET 9NEWS 

Subscribe to our daily 9NEWSLETTER for top stories from 9NEWS curated daily just for you. Get content and information right now for can’t-miss stories, Next and Broncos content, weather and more delivered right to your inbox.   

DOWNLOAD THE 9NEWS APP
iTunes: http://on9news.tv/itunes
Google Play: http://on9news.tv/1lWnC5n  

HOW TO ADD THE 9NEWS APP TO YOUR STREAMING DEVICE 

ROKU: add the channel from the ROKU store or by searching for KUSA. 

For both Apple TV and Fire TV, search for "9NEWS" to find the free app to add to your account. Another option for Fire TV is to have the app delivered directly to your Fire TV through Amazon.

Paid Advertisement