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Oak Ridge Fire burns 1,310 acres, containment now at 69%

Posted at 2:04 PM, Jun 22, 2024

Update

The Oak Ridge Fire has burned 1,310 acres. Crews are making progress in fighting the fire with containment now at 69%.

Pre-evacuations for the area have been lifted.

Original Story

A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for those in Middle Creek Canyon due to a wildfire, according to the Beulah Fire Protection and Ambulance District.

What we know:

  • Evacuations have been issued for those in Middle Creek Canyon
  • Pre-evacuations have been issued for those living in Beulah Highlands, and those living on Cascade Avenue, Pine Avenue and Vine Mesa Avenue
  • Those evacuated can go to Pueblo County Parks and Recreation, located at 1650 Cooper Place
  • A shelter for large animals is being set up at the 4 Bar S, 6678 Hwy 78
  • The fire has burned 1,190 acres
  • The fire is 9% contained
  • The fire was caused by lightning
Oak Ridge Fire

The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office says the fire has now spread into Custer County.

According to the sheriff's office, 20 homes are evacuated and 40 homes are under a pre-evacuation notice. They also say one of the watersheds that feeds Beulah is in path of the fire. They say this could contaminate the water if the fire moves in.

Oak Ridge Fire

To sign up for cell phone emergency alerts, visit the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office website.

Background Information

The United States Forest Service (USFS) confirms that several crews are still monitoring a wildfire burning in western Pueblo County Saturday overnight.

The Oak Ridge Fire was first reported around 9:00 a.m. Saturday about 3 miles northwest of Beulah Colorado near the Pueblo and Custer County border.

On Sunday, the USFS says a Type 1 and Type 3 helicopter is engaging in bucket drops, and plans are in place to have a large tanker drop fire retardant in the area before ground crews move in for their attack.

USFS says a helicopter flew bucket drop over the fire Saturday.

The department says there are no concerns for the community of Beulah at this time and the fire is burning about two ridges away from the Beulah Highlands.

Fire Area and Spread

Oak Ridge Fire Area
An image showing the size and spread of the Oak Ridge Fire burning in Custer and Pueblo Counties is now over 1,000 acres in size.

News5 will continue to monitor this situation and bring you the latest information as it is available.

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