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Wildland fire south of Colorado Springs fully contained

The Sweetwater Fire was burning between Fountain and Wigwam near Fort Carson.

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — A wildland fire that broke out Saturday afternoon in southern El Paso County is now fully contained. 

The fire, which was named the Sweetwater Fire, was first reported just after 12:30 p.m. It was burning west of Interstate 25 between Fountain and Wigwam.

Residents near Pikes Peak International Raceway were ordered to evacuate at around 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Those evacuation orders were lifted just after 5 p.m.

A spokesperson with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said a witness reported two people were shooting firearms at a gun range, which sparked the fire. The two people drove off before law enforcement arrived, but the sheriff's office said they had the vehicle's plates.

The sheriff's office said they were unsure if the two people who were firing guns would face any charges.

Hanover Fire Chief Carl Tatum said the fire was around 50 acres when his crews arrived. He said gusty winds pushed the fire's quick spread. 

As of 5 p.m., the fire was estimated to be 346 acres.

The sheriff's office said around 11 a.m. Sunday that the fire is fully contained. 

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