Junkins Fire now 60 percent contained

The Junkins Fire map as of Tuesday morning. / U.S. Forest Service
The Junkins Fire map as of Tuesday morning. / U.S. Forest Service

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CUSTER COUNTY, Colo. — The Junkins Fire is now 60 percent contained. Residents of one neighborhood remain evacuated.

About 918 personnel are working to containing the fire. According to the latest estimates, it has burned about 18,132 acres.

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.

FIRE BAN

Custer County is currently in stage two fire restrictions. No open burning or campfires is allowed on private or public lands in Custer County. Gas and propane stoves are allowed.

EVACUATIONS

County Road 387 in Custer County remains under evacuation. Residents of all other areas are allowed to return home. No re-entry passes are required.

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

ROAD CLOSURES

Custer County roads 386 and 387 remain closed.

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

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