Colorado Springs Airport issues shelter in place and cancels ALL flights with evacuations issued nearby as fire rages

A SHELTER in place order was issued at the Colorado Springs Airport Thursday along with mandatory evacuations for residents due to the Alturas Fire.

The fire is one of three grace fires that have forced evacuations Thursday, said fire officials.

"We are issuing a shelter in place for those inside the building," tweeted the Colorado Spring Airport. "At this time, remain in the building and we will continue to keep everyone updated."

All inbound operations within the airport have ceased and passengers were urged to contact their airlines regarding flight status.

Helicopters have been brought to the scene of the flames in an attempt to water it down as much as possible.

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

Around 500 homes in the Stetson Hills neighborhood were evacuated because of that fire. Over 25 acres were burned.

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