More Junkins Fire evacuees allowed to return home Friday

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CUSTER COUNTY, Colo. — Residents of four areas that were evacuated due to the Junkins Fire are now allowed to return home.

A community meeting for the remaining evacuees will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Florence High School at 2006 Highway 67 in Florence.

The fire in Custer and Pueblo counties has burned about 17,809 acres, according to the latest estimates. The fire is 33 percent contained.

Map shows the fire area as of Friday morning. Tap the image for a larger version.
Map shows the fire area as of Friday morning. Tap the image for a larger version.

Officials said Thursday evening that six homes and 18 other buildings have been destroyed by the fire. One of the homes was a primary home, and the other five were vacation/summer homes.

No injuries have been reported.

Investigators said the fire started around 3:40 a.m. Monday in the area of County Road 358 and Junkins Loop. Investigators said the wind blew a piece off of a metal building. The metal piece hit a power pole, knocking the pole down. The power line then hit a barbed wire fence, sparking the fire.

PUEBLO COUNTY EVACUATIONS

Residents living on North Creek from the Red Mountain Youth Camp to the Pueblo/Custer County line remain under evacuation.

All other Pueblo County residents are allowed to return home.

Residents must obtain a re-entry permit before going home. The permits are available at the Colorado Building on the Colorado State Fairgrounds until 6 p.m. Friday. Residents will need a photo ID with proof of address, or any photo identification card along with other documentation with proof of address.

Residents should be aware that food may have spoiled due to extended power outages. Dumpsters for spoiled food are available at the intersection of North Creek Road and North Creek Cutoff Road. The dumpsters are available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Call the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office at 719-583-6250 with any questions.

CUSTER COUNTY EVACUATIONS

Residents of the following areas in Custer County are allowed to return home:

  • Eagle Springs Ranch Subdivision
  • Greenwood Subdivision from County Road 390 to mile marker 24
  • Smith Creek Subdivision

Residents must obtain a re-entry permit before returning home. Permits are available until 4 p.m. Friday at the Wetmore Volunteer Fire Station at 200 County Road 290 in Wetmore. Residents must present proof of residence and identification.

The following areas in Custer County remain under evacuation:

  • County Road 387
  • County Road 358 from Engleman Road to Highway 165
  • Highway 165 from McKenzie Junction to Ophir Creek Road

The Custer County Information line is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 719-283-1710.

ANIMAL EVACUATIONS

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

  • County Road 358 (Junkins Park) from Engleman Road to Highway 165
  • Highway 165 from McKenzie Junction to mile marker 12 (north of Ophir Creek)
  • County roads 386, 387, 388, and 389
  • North Creek Road from the Red Mountain Youth Camp to the Pueblo/Custer county line

MAIL DELIVERY

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.

>> This story was last updated Friday. Tap here for the latest on the fire. <<

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