5 homes, 13 other buildings destroyed in Junkins Fire

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CUSTER COUNTY, Colo. — The Junkins Fire that started Monday morning has burned about 16,312 acres, according to the latest estimates. There is no containment.

Officials said Tuesday evening that 5 homes and 13 other buildings, all in Custer County, have been destroyed by the fire. No structures have been lost in Pueblo County.

The fire was the result of a metal building that blew into a power line, according to Incident Command officials.

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

No injuries have been reported.

>> Photos from the fire. 

>> Interactive map of the fire perimeter. 


About 257 homes are on mandatory evacuation status and 1,060 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:

  • County Roads 358, 386, 387, 388, 389
  • Eagle Springs Ranch subdivision
  • Highway 165 from McKenzie Junction (mile marker 1) to Ophir Creek (mile marker 11)
  • Highway 96 from McKenzie Junction to County Road 390 (mile markers 20 to 23)
  • Greenwood Road (County Road 389)
  • Babcock Hole (County Road 388)

Mandatory evacuations in Pueblo County:

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


Pre-evacuations in Custer County:

  • County Road 390 north to the Fremont County line

Pre-evacuations in Pueblo County: 

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


  • Valley Bible Fellowship at 116 Hermit Lane in Silver Cliff
  • Ag Palace at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo
  • First Southern Baptist Church at 3015 East Third Street in Florence


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.


Two community meetings are scheduled for Tuesday. The first is at 5 p.m. at the Custer County School at 709 West Main Street in Westcliffe. The second is at 7:30 p.m. at Florence High School at 6700 Colorado Highway 67 in Florence.


The fire has affected mail delivery to about 75 homes. Mail is available for pickup with ID at the Westcliffe Post Office at 4 Bassick Place.


The Beulah School will be open on Wednesday.

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

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