All Pueblo County residents allowed to return home after Junkins Fire

Map shows the Junkins Fire area on Saturday.
Map shows the Junkins Fire area on Saturday.

CUSTER COUNTY, Colo. — All Pueblo County residents who were evacuated due to the Junkins Fire are now allowed to return home.

The fire in Custer and Pueblo counties has burned about 17,809 acres, according to the latest estimates. The fire is 39 percent contained. About 722 firefighters are fighting it.

Officials said Saturday that nine homes and 17 other buildings have been destroyed by the fire.

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

All Pueblo County residents are now 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. 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.

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 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.

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