PUEBLO COUNTY - More than 300 firefighters will continue to battle the 5,227-acre Beulah Hill Fire, which has destroyed eight homes and prompted more than 1,000 people to evacuate since it broke out on Monday.
The blaze was 50 percent contained as of Wednesday evening.
No additional structures have been lost in the past 24 hours, but there are still quite a few homes that are immediately threatened by the flames. The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office has not yet set a timeline for when people can return to their property.
Sheriff Kirk Taylor said deputies are working to notify the people whose homes have been damaged.
“It’s tough,” he said. “You try to be as honest and soft as you can, but there is no easy way to tell someone their home is gone. These are strong folks, very resilient. We are going to be ok.”
The personnel fighting the fire include four hand crews, 30 engines, three helicopters, two heavy air tankers and two single air tankers.
Chris Barth, the spokesperson for Rocky Mountain Team Black, said Wednesday’s focus will be structure protection and offensive action.
Barth says firefighters expect less wind over the next couple of days – something that can greatly assist their efforts.
What caused the fire remains under investigation.
The fire was reported near the small town of Beulah Monday afternoon and rapidly spread thanks to winds gusting up to 50 mph. All 1,950 people in Beulah and the surrounding valley were ordered to leave the area.
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