This story was last updated Monday.
PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. — Several agencies are battling the quick-moving Beulah Hill Fire, burning east of Beulah on both the north and south sides of Highway 78.
It’s currently burning in two directions – northwest and southeast – due to high winds in the area, according to officials with the U.S. Forest Service. The fire is zero percent contained.
Officials said federal and state resources are working to contain the 3,000-acre fire, along with support from multiple counties. Due to high winds, all air support has been grounded for the evening.
At least 7 structures have been destroyed, and officials said about 1,200 people have been ordered to evacuate.
“I watched it moving up and down the ridge there, I could tell it was hitting structures and stuff, but when it finally hit the top of the ridge, that’s when I went and got my son and his friends out of school,” said Leena Mather, an evacuee. “We went home and grabbed a suitcase full of clothes, my dog, my parakeet, my Bible, and we left.”
No injuries have been reported.
A Health Advisory has been issued in Pueblo County due to poor air quality and falling ash. Those with respiratory conditions are advised to stay indoors.
Residents in the Beulah Valley are being advised to evacuate the area, as per Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor.EVACUATION SHELTERS:
- Roncalli STEM Academy gymnasium located at 4202 Highway 78 (West Northern Avenue)
- Colorado State Fairgrounds Event Center located at 1001 Beulah Avenue in Pueblo
- Waterbarrel Estates
- 2-mile radius of Beulah proper surrounding 8611 Central
- Pine Drive (preferred evacuation route: 12 Mile)
- North Signal Mountain (preferred evacuation route: South exit)
- North Creek to Red Mountain Youth Camp
- 2 mile radius of the 8300 block of Highway 78, including 3R Road
- Hurricane Ranch area
- 4-square miles off Highway 78
- Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Park
- Northcreek Road
- 2-mile radius of 3R Road and Signal Mountain
- Oldham Road and Extended Oldham Road
There are two evacuation routes: 12 Mile or Northcreek Road.ROAD CLOSURES:
- Highway 78 from 3R Road to Colorado 225
- Highway 78 at Siloam Road and 224
- Highway 225 (the Y in Beulah)
- 3R Road to North Signal Mountain Road
- County Road from 3R Road to Colorado 225
- Students from Beulah Elementary and Middle Schools are being evacuated to Pleasant View Middle School. Parents picking up Beulah School students at Pleasant View must present ID
- Students from Beulah School of Natural Sciences are restricted from going on campus
- Students from Rye Elementary, Rye High School, or Craver Middle School who would use 3R Road or the Beulah Highway to get home will remain at school until parent pickup
- Students from Pueblo County High School who live in Beulah and use bus transportation must remain at Pueblo County High School
- For Tuesday, October 4th, there will be no school for Beulah students. The Beulah School will be closed. Any Beulah student attending another D70 school will be excused from that site
- 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
The Pueblo Community Joint Information Center is now open; call 719-583-4640 if you have any questions.This story was last updated Monday.