BEULAH, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire that has forced hundreds of evacuations in southern Colorado destroyed at least eight homes, but firefighters took advantage of calmer weather Tuesday to get a handle on the blaze.
They have not yet been allowed to return home.
Winds were not quite as strong Tuesday, allowing helicopters to drop water on the fire, which is burning on terrain ranging from grassy plains and steep canyons. The area has a mix of both permanent homes and vacation properties.
“We got some air support in here today and we’re going to kill this thing,” Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor said.
He said it was a difficult decision to expand the evacuation order because of the fire’s unpredictability and promised to let residents back into their homes as soon as possible.
No injuries have been reported and no cause has been announced.
The wildfire comes after a relatively quiet fire season in Colorado as the weather begins to turn colder. As the fire burned, snow fell in parts of western Colorado’s mountains, causing accidents along portions of Interstate 70. However, at lower elevations in the state’s eastern half, winds and prolonged dry weather were still making it easy for any spark to spread into a fire.
A car accident started a grass fire along a highway in Boulder County on Tuesday morning, but firefighters were able to stop it at about 2 acres.
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