Junkins Fire 95 percent contained

A deer in the Junkins Fire burn area. / U.S. Forest Service
A deer in the Junkins Fire burn area. / U.S. Forest Service

CUSTER COUNTY, Colo. — About 292 firefighters are still on the scene of the Junkins Fire, which is 95 percent contained as of Tuesday morning.

The fire burned 18,403 acres, mostly in Custer County. That number is not expected to change.

Smoke is still visible in the area, and may make driving difficult.

A Colorado state Type 3 Team will take over command of the fire from the Great Basin National Incident Management Team 1 on Tuesday afternoon.

The fire started early in the morning on October 17, when 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.

The fire destroyed nine homes and 17 other buildings. No injuries were reported.

Map shows the Junkins Fire burn area. Tap the image for a larger version. (PDF)
Map shows the Junkins Fire burn area. Tap the image for a larger version. (PDF)

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