Beulah Hill Fire reaches 50% containment

Map shows the Beulah Hill Fire evacuation area (in yellow) and estimated burn area (in pink) as of Wednesday morning. / Pueblo County Sheriff's Office
Map shows the Beulah Hill Fire evacuation area (in yellow) and estimated burn area (in pink) as of Wednesday morning. / Pueblo County Sheriff's Office

This story was last updated Wednesday. 

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PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. — Officials are wrapping up their investigation into the cause of the Beulah Hill Fire.

As of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, officials estimate the fire along Highway 78 east of Beulah has burned about 5,227 acres. Most of the growth came Monday evening. Tuesday’s weather was calmer, allowing firefighters to use aircraft to dump water on the flames.

The fire is 50 percent contained. At least 8 homes and 16 outbuildings have been destroyed. No injuries have been reported.

>> Interactive map of the burn area. 

Map shows the Beulah Hill Fire evacuation area (in yellow) and estimated burn area (in pink) as of Wednesday afternoon. / Pueblo County Sheriff's Office
Map shows the Beulah Hill Fire evacuation area (in yellow) and estimated burn area (in pink) as of Wednesday afternoon. Tap the photo for an interactive view. / Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office

At 6 a.m. Wednesday, control of firefighting efforts was transferred to a Type 2 incident management team. This gives the firefighters more supervision and logistical support.

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor said his office is completing its investigation into the cause of the fire. Results will be released as soon as they’re available.

The Pueblo Community Joint Information Center is open. Call 719-583-4640 if you have any questions.

A Disaster Assistance Center for residents affected by the fire will open Thursday at the 4-H Building on the Colorado State Fairgrounds. Information available at the center will include public and environmental health, behavioral and mental health, planning, zoning and other social services.

The Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

EVACUATIONS:

The entire Beulah Valley is under evacuation orders. No new evacuation orders were issued Tuesday or Wednesday.

About 1,950 people have been evacuated from a total of 700 homes. Officials said a handful of people, many of whom are firefighters, chose to stay in their homes.

Residents of the Mountain Shadow Estates and Twin Buttes neighborhoods will be allowed to return home Wednesday. There’s no timeline on when other residents will be allowed to return.

Taylor said all but two of the homeowners whose homes were destroyed have been notified. They’re working to contact the other two.

 

EVACUATION SHELTER:

  • Colorado State Fairgrounds Event Center located at 1001 Beulah Avenue in Pueblo

ROAD CLOSURES:

  • Highway 78 from 3R Road to Colorado 225
  • Highway 78 at Siloam Road and 224
  • Highway 225 (the Y in Beulah)
  • 3R Road to North Signal Mountain Road
  • County Road from 3R Road to Colorado 225

The traffic control point into the Beulah Hill area has moved to Highway 78 and Siloam Road.

SCHOOLS:

Beulah School will be closed again Thursday. Beulah students who attend other District 70 schools will once again be excused.

ANIMAL SHELTERS:

  • Small animals can be taken to the Pueblo Humane Society located at 4600 Eagle Ridge Place.
  • Large animals can be taken to the Colorado State Fairgrounds at 1001 Beulah Avenue. Use Gate 6.

Pueblo Animal Services Animal Law Enforcement is rescuing pets stranded in the evacuated area. To report animals left behind in the evacuation zone, call 719-544-3005, press 1 for Animal Law Enforcement, and press 1 for Emergency.

If you find a lost horse or other animal and are able to transport it, take it to the fairgrounds so it can be reunited with its owner.

Steel City Alley Cats Coalition, a non-profit animal welfare organization based in Pueblo, is giving out free dog and cat food to any pet owners affected by the fire. All food is free and will be given out until the fire is fully contained, according to founder and director Samantha Townsend. Call 719-582-1043 for more information. Food can be picked up or dropped off.

MAIL DELIVERY: 

Due to road closures and evacuations, USPS was not able to deliver mail to about 750 addresses on Tuesday or Wednesday. All Beulah mail is being held at the Pueblo Sunset Station at 3000 Wedgewood Drive. The mail is available for pickup with identification.

If mail is not picked up, it will be delivered once the restrictions are removed.

WEATHER: 

Wind speeds look to be less today over the fire area. There will still be some south wind at 10-20 mph with stronger gusts.

It is still very dry and we hope to get at least some moisture from the cold front moving in tonight and tomorrow.

The wind speeds will pick up again tomorrow though with cooler temps.

Calmer conditions expected Friday.

This story was last updated Wednesday. 

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