Fort Carson emergency services are focusing on recovery after a fire forced some soldiers and families to evacuate their homes on the Colorado-based post on Sunday.

The wildland fire burned approximately 270 acres near Gate 5 and the Navajo Village housing area, according to Fort Carson.

No injuries were reported, and no structures were affected, according to the news release.

The recovery phase includes air operations using water buckets, causing the post to close Titus Boulevard from Gate 5 to Harr Street. The gate will remain open only for residents of the Navajo North and Navajo South housing areas and for emergency vehicles transporting patients to Evans Army Community Hospital.

All other vehicle traffic, including people with routine hospital appointments, will be rerouted to Gate 1, the release said.

Air operations are expected to last until 6 p.m. today.

Fort Carson officials are urging residents to change out their HVAC unit air filters to improve air quality in their homes and to lessen the effects of lingering smoke and residue.

On Sunday, Gate 5 was closed and officials evacuated several areas as Fort Carson worked with local agencies to battle the fire.

Personnel from the Navajo Village housing area, the Warrior Transition Battalion and the 10th Special Forces Group complex were evacuated, officials said.

After the evacuation, fire and emergency personnel performed clearing procedures, including checking attic access in all housing units to confirm no embers were burning.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The National Weather Service announced a high fire danger for southeast Colorado because of gusty winds and dry conditions. The weather service warned that any fire-related activity should be postponed until the danger subsides.

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