Junkins Fire grows to over 18,000 acres

Junkins Fire
Crews working to contain the Junkins Fire / Joe Randall

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CUSTER COUNTY, Colo. — Over 900 personnel are continuing to work toward containing the Junkins Fire Sunday.

According to the latest estimates, the fire in Custer and Pueblo counties has burned about 18,132 acres, according to the latest estimates. The fire is 50 percent contained.

Officials said firefighters and 20-person hand crews are working to build direct containment lines and aviation resources are continuing to be utilized.

As of Sunday, 9 homes and 18 other buildings have been destroyed by the fire, officials said.

No injuries have been reported.

Investigators said the fire started just after 3 a.m. Monday, October 17 in the area of County Road 358 and Junkins Loop.

It started when the wind blew a piece off a metal building; that metal piece hit a power pole, knocking the pole down. The power line then hit a barbed wire fence, sparking the fire, according to investigators.

Junkins Fire
Junkins Fire as of Sunday, October 23 / Great Basin National Incident Management Team 1

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 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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

HOW TO HELP

Donations of supplies such as food, drinks, clothing or sanitary items are accepted daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Colorado State Fairgrounds’ Colorado Building located at 1001 Beulah Avenue in Pueblo (Gate #9).

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

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