Posted 4:35 PM 10/24/2012 : Fire briefing reveals progress for Wetmore fire
The fire near Wetmore is now 15 percent contained as of 4 p.m. on October 24. The affected area has been confirmed at 2100 acres. Cold temperatures and slower winds allowed fire fighters to make some progress.
Many Pueblo County residents east of Siloam Road may return home, but Custer County evacuations stay in effect. Road closures on Highway 96 between Lake Pueblo and McKenzie Junction also remain in effect.
Currently, 16 different agencies along with aerial support are attempting to further contain the fire south and east of Highway 96. A Type 2 team is on its way and will take over fire control at 6 p.m. Wednesday night. Fire teams are designated by severity with the lower numbers indicating higher danger. The goal of these crews continues to be structure protection and monitoring hot spots within the fire.
There will be recovery workshops in Wetmore on Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.