Windy conditions fuel spread of Junkins Fire

The Junkins Fire on Monday morning. / Mike Duran - FOX21 News
The Junkins Fire on Monday morning. / Mike Duran - FOX21 News

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CUSTER COUNTY, Colo. — The Junkins Fire that started overnight has burned about 15,751 acres, according to the latest estimates.

Custer County Sheriff Shannon Byerly said one home and five other buildings have been destroyed by the fire. There is no containment.

The fire is burning on both sides of Highway 165 near the intersection with Highway 96, between Westcliffe and Wetmore.

The fire was first reported at 3:40 a.m. Monday. It started in the area of County Road 358 and Junkins Loop.

Fire officials said a downed power line was found near the place the fire started, but they haven’t yet confirmed the cause of the fire. No injuries have been reported.

>> Photos from the fire. 

>> Interactive map of the fire perimeter. 

EVACUATIONS

About 170 homes are on mandatory evacuation status and 70 are under pre-evacuation. Evacuees are asked to register at one of the evacuation centers or call the Junkins Fire general information line at 719-371-2322 to register.

Mandatory evacuations in Custer County:

  • Babcock Hole and all of the South Hardscrabble area, including County Roads 386, 387, 388, 389, 390, 391
  • Eagle Springs Ranch subdivision
  • Highway 165 from McKenzie Junction (mile marker 1) to Ophir Creek (mile marker 11)
  • Highway 96 from mile markers 20 to 23

Mandatory evacuations in Pueblo County:

  • North Creek Road from County Line to Central
  • Simonson Trail

PRE-EVACUATIONS

Pre-evacuations in Custer County:

  • Lewis Creek on the north side of Highway 96, south to Ophir Creek and east to the Pueblo County line
  • Northeastern Custer County, including Greenwood and Wetmore

Pre-evacuations in Pueblo County: 

  • All of Beulah Valley
  • Red Creek Ranch – areas of Savage Road and Vaughn

EVACUATION CENTERS

  • Valley Bible Fellowship at 116 Hermit Lane in Westcliffe
  • Ag Palace at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo
  • Florence Christian Church at 303 East Third Street in Florence

ANIMAL EVACUATIONS

Large animals may be taken to:

  • The Custer County Fairgrounds in Westcliffe
  • The Draper Ranch on County Road 290 in Wetmore
  • The horse arena at the Colorado State Fairgrounds – Gate 6

Small animals may be taken to Pueblo Animal Services at 4600 Eagleridge Circle in Pueblo, or to the Custer County Fairgrounds.

Animal Law Enforcement is available to rescue pets stranded in the evacuated area. To report animals left behind in the evacuation zone, call 719-544-3005, press 0 for Animal Law Enforcement, and press 1 for Emergency.

ROAD CLOSURES

The following roads are closed:

  • Highway 165 between Highway 96 and Ophir Creek
  • Highway 96 between McKenzie Junction (the intersection with Highway 165) and Wetmore

SCHOOL CLOSURES

The Beulah School will be closed Tuesday due to smoke in the Beulah Valley.

WEATHER

Firefighters are facing wind speeds of 30 to 40 miles per hour, with gusts up to 70 miles per hour. Most of southeastern Colorado is under a Red Flag Warning until 9 p.m. Monday.

Map shows red flag warnings and high wind warnings in southeastern Colorado as of 12:30 p.m. Monday. / National Weather Service
Map shows red flag warnings and high wind warnings in southeastern Colorado as of 12:30 p.m. Monday. / National Weather Service

>> This story was last updated Monday. Tap here for the latest information. <<

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