Deputy Vehicle Allegedly Causes Fire

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El Paso County Authorities believe that a fire yesterday in the Security-Widefield area was started by a deputy’s vehicle. The sheriff’s office says the deputy was trying to contact a suspicious vehicle and drove across a field near Milton probe and Powers Boulevard around 4:40 p.m. Deputies say that the grass in that field caught fire, allegedly because of the catalytic converter. The blaze, which is now being called the Alturas Fire, has burned over 130 acres so far. It forced an evacuation for about 50 homes in that area, and also caused a shelter-in-place for the Springs Airport. Both were lifted last evening, and flights into the airport were landing again last night. So far, the fire is considered about 15% contained. No structures have been reported damaged or lost, and over 100 firefighters and multiple agencies are working to control the blaze.

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