UPDATE: TUESDAY 4/18/2023 3:05 p.m.
(BEULAH, Colo.) — The United States Forest Service (USFS) said the North Creek Fire is now 100% contained, as of Tuesday, April 18 at 3 p.m. “Crews have worked extensively to secure and strengthen the fireline. Although containment is 100% light smoke may still be visible due to interior fuels smoldering,” stated USFS.
UPDATE: MONDAY 4/17/2023 1:04 p.m.
The United States Forest Service (USFS) said the fire is now 80% contained after fire crews made progress in securing and holding the fire’s edge.
The fire remains at 50 acres.
UPDATE: MONDAY 4/17/2023 5:55 a.m.
The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) said as of Sunday, April 16 at 2:45 p.m. the North Creek Fire was at 50 acres and 50% contained.
UPDATE: North Creek Fire was human-caused, authorities say, by campfire
UPDATE: SUNDAY 4/16/2023 11 a.m.
According to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), the cause of the North Creek Fire was determined to be human-caused, specifically caused by a campfire being utilized by a hunter.
The US Forest Service and the Sheriff’s Office have a person of interest in this case. This investigation is ongoing.
No change in the acreage as of Sunday morning, and crews will continue to build and strengthen the fireline around the fire.
PCSO is reminding the public that many of our day-to-day actions can potentially cause a wildfire. Always ensure that you dispose of any heat source properly, trailer chains are not dragging, and campfires are built safely and extinguished completely.
Many areas in Colorado are in some variation of fire restrictions. Check fire restrictions for your area or the area you will be visiting.
UPDATE: SATURDAY 4/15/2023 7:48 p.m.
According to PCSO, the North Creek Fire is now 10% contained and the mandatory evacuation order has been lifted. Those living in the area are now on pre-evacuation status.
PCSO said homeowners will be allowed back to their homes but must show an ID at the traffic-control points to be allowed in.
“Night operations are expected to begin at about 8 p.m. Crews will remain on scene monitoring the fire through the night. Regular operations will continue in the morning,” said PCSO.
Deputies said the Red Cross Shelter at Roncalli Middle School is now closed, and PFD said the Emergency operation center (EOC) has been deactivated for the day. “Fire crews will monitor the scene throughout the night, and updates will be given if conditions change,” said PFD.
The fire remains at 43 acres, according to PCSO.
UPDATE: SATURDAY 4/15/2023 5:52 p.m.
According to the Beulah Fire Protection and Ambulance District (Beulah Fire and EMS), 17 homes are in the evacuation area, and no structures have been lost.
“Currently, we do not foresee expanding the evacuation zone and there is no timetable for lifting the current evacuation. Crews will be on scene all night and into tomorrow,” said Beulah Fire and EMS.
UPDATE: SATURDAY 4/15/2023 5:37 p.m.
90 personnel from various agencies are currently working the North Creek Fire from the ground and air, according to PCSO. Beulah Fire and the U.S. Forest Service are working together as Unified Command and the Pueblo County Emergency Operation Center (Pueblo County EOC) has also been activated.
UPDATE: Deputies say North Creek Fire appears to be human-caused
UPDATE: SATURDAY 4/15/2023 5:15 p.m.
According to PCSO, the preliminary investigation into the cause of the fire indicates it is human-caused. Deputies have apparently identified a person of interest in the investigation and are working with federal agents, as the fire is on U.S. Forest Service land.
UPDATE: SATURDAY 4/15/2023 5 p.m.
PCSO shared the latest update on the North Creek Fire and said the fire is currently at 43 acres with 0% containment.
UPDATE: Beulah fire called North Creek Fire
UPDATE: SATURDAY 4/15/2023 3:05 p.m.
The fire in Beulah is being called the North Creek Fire. North Creek Road is closed from Red Mountain Youth Camp to the Custer County line
The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) tweeted instructions for animals evacuated due to the fire. Main livestock animals with the exception of horses can be taken to the Colorado State Fairgrounds.
Horses can be taken to 4 BARS Ranch at 6625 State Highway 78. PCSO said volunteers will be available at the ranch to assist with evacuating horses.
All domestic animals can be taken to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region at 4600 Eagleridge Place.
ORIGINAL STORY: Evacuations ordered for fire in Beulah
SATURDAY 4/15/2023 2:18 p.m.
Evacuations were ordered for Red Mountain Youth Camp, west to the county line for a fire that is 0% contained and the Pueblo Fire Department (PFD) tells FOX21 is growing.
PFD tweeted around 1:28 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 that it was assisting Beulah on a mutual aid request for a fire that, at the time, was 50 acres and 0% containment. At 1:33 p.m. evacuations were ordered for Red Mountain Youth Camp, west to the county line.
PFD said 20 homes are in the evacuation zone. Those living in the area can report to the evacuation center at Roncoli Middle School in Pueblo.
PFD said a fire suppression helicopter and 2 single-engine air tankers have been ordered to assist in fighting the fire. Other fire agencies assisting include Beulah, Pueblo West, Pueblo Rural, Pueblo City, West Park, Red Creek Springs, Division of Fire Safety and Control, Pueblo County Sheriff, Pueblo Emergency Services Bureau, and additional air resources ordered.
FOX21 has a crew on the way and will update this article as we learn more.