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Colorado To Join Lawsuit That Aims To Block Trump’s Emergency Declaration

DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser says he will join a lawsuit with more than a dozen other states to stop President Donald Trump from using an emergency declaration to fund a border wall.

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“We in Colorado have a lot to lose right now. There could be money that’s supposed to be spent here that’s going to be shifted to build a border wall outside of the Constitutionally prescribed process.”

The emergency declaration redirects money allocated for military construction to the wall. It could impact about $100 million earmarked for a training center, vehicle maintenance shop and mountaineering facility at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs alone.

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Several dozen Coloradans used Presidents Day to protest the president and his emergency declaration. They gathered outside the Colorado Capitol in Denver chanting “He’s the emergency!”

Weiser joined them, saying the President’s action is unnecessary and unconstitutional.

“In Colorado, we will be on the side of the rule of law,” he said.

Weiser says the U.S. Constitution gives Congress, not the President, control over spending. But under a law passed in 1976, the president can redirect Congressional appropriations in an emergency. The law doesn’t define “emergency.”

Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican and Colorado’s junior senator, has not taken a position on whether the president’s decision is warranted.

“We certainly have a challenge at the border and that’s why I want to understand the legal ramifications of this,” he said.

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Gardner says he’s seeking legal advice on whether the president’s emergency declaration is permissible.

“We’re looking into the laws surrounding this, understanding the regulations and the code, and how this would move forward if it does.”

Congressional Democrats and even some Republicans say they will vote to overturn the president’s decision. Trump says he will veto any effort to stop him.

MORE FROM CBSNEWS.COM: 16 states sue Trump administration over national emergency declaration

Colorado, Texas, Washington Getting New Army Adviser Units

DENVER (AP)– The U.S. Army is creating new units in Colorado, Texas and Washington to advise and assist other countries’ military forces.

The Army said Friday the three security force assistance brigades will be at Fort Carson, Colorado; Fort Hood, Texas; and Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington.

The units are designed to take over the adviser role from combat units. The Army said they can also serve as the core of new combat units if needed.

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The first security assistance brigade and a training academy were created last year at Fort Benning, Georgia. Another was placed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The Army has said the units would have about 500 commissioned and non-commissioned officers. Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation say the units will have about 800 soldiers total.

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‘Take Care Of It’: Fort Carson Soldier Shares Experience With TBI

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – A soldier at Fort Carson shares his fight with a traumatic brain injury he sustained nearly 10 years ago.

Had it not been for Master Sgt. Bradley Lee’s wife, he may have gotten much worse.

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Lee started suffering memory loss, dizziness and frustration.

During the tour in Afghanistan in 2009, he and his fellow soldiers came under fire.

“I had a round bounce off my helmet,” he said.

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It wasn’t until he was home on leave when his wife noticed something was wrong.

“I was trying to fake the funk as much as I could,” Lee said.

His wife had the courage to go behind his back and tell his sergeant major, Lee wasn’t acting like himself.

“God bless her for loving me enough to care,” said Lee.

He was then diagnosed with TBI.

“My hand would keep going numb. There were periods I couldn’t remember,” he said.

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Lee doesn’t want to think about what might have happened if his wife didn’t speak up, instead he wants to focus on his family and his work.

“Now I’m out here riding horses for the Army,” he said.

Helping spread a powerful message for others.

“If something’s not right, you need to take care of it. Eventually you’re going to hang up the uniform, eventually you’re going to have a different job. What do you want when it’s over?”

LINK: A Head For The Future

‘Carson Midway Fire’ Cause Revealed To Be Live Fire Training

FORT CARSON, Colo. (CBS4) – U.S. Army officials have released what caused the Carson Midway fire that destroyed three homes earlier this month.

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The Army says live fire training started the fire on March 16. It burned about 400 acres on Fort Carson and another 2,900 acres off post.

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Fort Carson officials say it does take measures to prevent wildland fires while training soldiers, and understands concerns from the community.

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Last Remnant Of Fort Carson Fire Out; No Word On Live Ammo

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) — The last remnant of a wildfire that started on Fort Carson during a training exercise has been extinguished, but the Army still hasn’t said whether soldiers were using live ammunition during the exercise.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it was waiting on laboratory analysis of debris from tires that ignited during the wildfire to see if it needed to be taken to a hazardous waste dump.

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The fire started March 16 in dry, windy weather and spread from Fort Carson to private land. Three homes were destroyed.

The cause was under investigation.

The tires continued to burn after the main fire was out. They were extinguished Wednesday.

The EPA took command of that part of the fire because of the potential for hazardous smoke.

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Army Quiet On Whether Live Rounds Were Used When Fire Began

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — The Army remained silent Monday on whether live ammunition was in use during a training exercise at Fort Carson three days ago, the same day a fire started on the post, spread to private land and destroyed three homes.

Fort Carson spokeswoman Brandy Gill said she did not yet have any information on the training.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the fire, or whether it was related to the training.

The fire started amid dry, windy weather and scorched five square miles (13 square kilometers).

Gill said she had no information on whether Fort Carson has restrictions on training on days like Friday, when wildfire danger is high, or whether training guidelines were under review.

Col. Ron Fitch, Fort Carson’s garrison commander, said at a news conference Friday the training had to go on despite the conditions because the soldiers were preparing to deploy overseas.

“We have to train in order to prepare those soldiers,” he said.

The training involved infantry and helicopters, Fitch said.

The fire was contained by Monday, although some trash piles and old tires continued to burn.

At least 250 homes were evacuated during the fire. Most residents have been told they can return, but five homes remained under evacuation orders Monday because they were near the remaining fires, El Paso County sheriff’s spokeswoman Natalie Sosa said.

Sosa said firefighting crews discovered an illegal marijuana growing operation in the area Saturday.

Officers got a search warrant and seized more than 100 plants. No arrests have been made, she said.

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Trash, Tire Fires Keep Some From Going Home After Wildfire

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — Burning tires and trash are keeping a few residents from going home after a wildfire started on a southern Colorado Army post and spread across the post boundary, destroying three homes and several vehicles.

Fort Carson spokeswoman Brandy Gill said Monday investigators haven’t announced the cause of the fire or said whether it was related to a training exercise underway when the blaze broke out Friday.

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Gill says she doesn’t yet know whether soldiers were firing live ammunition during the exercise.

The fire started amid dry, windy weather and scorched 5 square miles.

The fire is contained, but El Paso County sheriff’s spokeswoman Natalie Sosa says five homes are still under evacuation orders because they’re near the burning trash and tires.

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Carson Midway Fire Contained, But Residents Raise Searing Criticism

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (CBS4/AP) — Authorities declared the Carson Midway Fire 100 percent contained early Sunday afternoon while residents’ anger burned toward the nearby Army base.

“I’m prior service. My husband is prior service. We understand training. We understand the need of training,” resident Andrea Sales-McMurtry told CBS affiliate KKTV. “But when you have 60 mile an hour winds and you’re using hot rounds, you’re really putting everybody in danger.”

An on-line petition critical of Fort Carson using live rounds during training exercises on Red Flag Warning days had gathered nearly 1,300 signatures by the time crews contained the latest fire.

The Carson Midway Fire has destroyed three homes and multiple other buildings and vehicles.

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The fire spread from the U.S. Army post to the rural Midway Ranch community outside Colorado Springs on Friday. It is not the area’s first.

Fort Carson spokeswoman Brandy Gill said Sunday it is not immediately clear whether soldiers were using live ammunition during a training exercise before the fire broke out.

But Gill also stated that live ammunition is regularly used because soldiers’ lives depend on realistic training.

That doesn’t calm the nerves of residents like Sales-McMurtry.

“They can’t fight the fire on the artillery rounds because there might be artillery rounds that haven’t gone off yet,” she said. “That would put them at risk. So, instead, all of us got put at risk. I hope it’s a learning experience for them now.”

A tire fire burning in the 20800 block of Prairie Fire Point remains the only significant trouble spot and has the attention of fire crews from El Paso County, Pueblo County, and Fort Carson.

The only homes still evacuated are in the area of this tire fire. All other residents were permitted to return to their homes Saturday evening.

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Residents Still Evacuated From 3,300-Acre Fire

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (CBS4) — Personnel from El Paso and Pueblo counties continued Saturday to assess damage caused by the Carson Midway Fire as evacuated residents waited to return to their homes.

The fire’s size is now estimated at 3,300 acres. It is currently 40 percent contained, and ground and air crews are still actively working on it with the help of firefighters from Fort Carson.

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Officials confirmed Friday that structures were lost to the blaze.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Evacuated residents are encouraged to find support from the Red Cross at the Fountain Valley Baptist Church at 500 Alabama Avenue. At this time, no donations are needed at the site.

The fire covers an area on the south edge of El Paso County’s border with northern Pueblo County. The Fort Carson army base is nearby.

Friday’s start was the second consecutive day of brush fire in the Hanover, Midway Ranch, and Boca Chica Heights neighborhoods. Another fire burned more than 100 acres Thursday and forced evacuations for several hours.