PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. — A wildfire that prompted evacuations in Pueblo County Saturday is believed to be human-caused.
The U.S. Forest Service said the cause of the North Creek Fire was a hunter's campfire. The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office said a person of interest has been identified.
As of 2:45 p.m. Saturday, the fire near the Pueblo County/Custer County line was estimated at 50 acres with 50% containment.
An evacuation order that affected about 20 homes in the Beulah area has been lifted.
The Forest Service said Saturday evening that the fire had burned into the 2016 Junkins Fire burn scar, which slowed its progress. Air resources were successful dropping water and fire retardant on all sides of the fire and surrounded it. Crews were working to build a fire line around it Saturday night.
On Sunday, the Forest Service said crews were continuing to strengthen the fire line and mop up hot spots that could threaten the line.
Evacuations ordered as wildfire burns in Pueblo County
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