PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. — The Beulah Hill Fire is now 95 percent contained.
The fire, which started Monday, has burned about 5,232 acres and destroyed eight homes.
Neatly 2,000 people were evacuated from the fire area. Residents of seven neighborhoods are now allowed to return home.
A preliminary investigation by the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office found the fire was caused by a Colorado Department of Transportation excavator. Sheriff Kirk Taylor said the excavator created a spark while the driver was doing routine flood mitigation. There’s evidence the driver tried to put out the fire while he called 911.EVACUEE ASSISTANCE:
The evacuation shelter at the Colorado State Fairgrounds Event Center at 1001 Beulah Avenue in Pueblo is still open.
The 4-H Building on the Colorado State Fairgrounds is serving as a disaster assistance center for residents affected by the fire. Information available at the center includes public and environmental health, behavioral and mental health, planning, zoning and other social services. Food kits from Care and Share Food Bank are also available. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Sunday.
The Pueblo Community Joint Information Center is open. Call 719-583-4640 if you have any questions.ROAD CLOSURES:
- North Creek at North Creek Cutoff
- Highway 78 at 3R Road
- Highway 165 at 12 Mile
- Small animals can be taken to the Pueblo Humane Society located at 4600 Eagle Ridge Place.
- Large animals can be taken to the Colorado State Fairgrounds at 1001 Beulah Avenue. Use Gate 6.
Pueblo Animal Services Animal Law Enforcement is rescuing pets stranded in the evacuated area. To report animals left behind in the evacuation zone, call 719-544-3005, press 1 for Animal Law Enforcement, and press 1 for Emergency.
If you find a lost horse or other animal and are able to transport it, take it to the fairgrounds so it can be reunited with its owner.
Steel City Alley Cats Coalition, a non-profit animal welfare organization based in Pueblo, is giving out free dog and cat food to any pet owners affected by the fire. All food is free and will be given out until the fire is fully contained, according to founder and director Samantha Townsend. Call 719-582-1043 for more information. Food can be picked up or dropped off.MAIL DELIVERY:
USPS was not able to deliver mail to about 750 addresses on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. All Beulah mail is being held at the Pueblo Sunset Station at 3000 Wedgewood Drive. The mail is available for pickup until 4 p.m. Friday with identification.
If mail is not picked up, it will be delivered Saturday, when regular mail delivery is set to resume.