Posted: Oct 23, 2012 5:45 PM by Lauren Molenburg
Updated: Oct 23, 2012 11:02 PM
A fire is burning near Wetmore and is being pushed southeast by stong winds. The fire started near County Road 390 and Highway 96. Over 300 homes have been evacuated in Pueblo County and even more in Custer County.
All access roads to Wetmore have been closed, and US Forest Service representative, Ralph Bellah, told KOAA that residents should not expect to get back into town or other areas where roads have been blocked tonight. Emergency officials are waiting until morning when further assessment can be made.
The affected area has reached up to 700 acres. As many as a dozen structures have been damaged. Luckily, winds are beginning to die down as the sun sets and the temperatures reduce.
15 fire crews plus 2 helicopters are currently on the scene, including a Type 3 incident team. The different types are categorized by severity, the lower the number, the higher the danger.
An air quality advistory has been issued for the Pueblo area from smoke and ash.
Evacuation shelters have been set up at First Southern Baptist Church at 303 E. 3rd Street in Florence and the Church of the Nazarene at 84 Stanford in Pueblo.