More Junkins Fire evacuees allowed to return home Monday

Firefighters fighting the Junkins Fire are staying at this camp. / Junkins Fire Facebook page
Firefighters fighting the Junkins Fire are staying at this camp. / Junkins Fire Facebook page

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

CUSTER COUNTY, Colo. — Residents of two more neighborhoods evacuated due to the Junkins Fire are allowed to return home Monday.

Over 900 personnel are working to containing the fire, which is 50 percent contained. According to the latest estimates, it has burned about 18,132 acres.

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 Monday, nine homes and 17 other buildings have been destroyed by the fire, officials said.

No injuries have been reported.

The fire started just after 3 a.m. 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.

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
  • County Road 358
  • Highway 165 – starting at 2 p.m. Monday

Re-entry passes will not be required.

The following areas in Custer County remain under evacuation:

  • County Road 387

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

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.

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

  • Custer County roads 386 and 387

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

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