More than 1,900 evacuated as Beulah Hill Fire surges to over 5,000 acres

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. -- More than 1,900 residents remained under an evacuation order as the Beulah Hill Fire grew to 5,000 to 5,500 acres on Tuesday, the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office said.

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor said eight homes and six outbuildings have been destroyed.

Calmer weather conditions and air support helped firefighters Tuesday. No additional evacuations were ordered, but there was no containment on the fire.

Authorities were hopeful some people might be able to go back to their homes starting Wednesday afternoon.

About 400 firefighters from several agencies are fighting the fire, which started Monday. Crews are working to protect homes, but dry and windy conditions have made fighting the fire difficult.

Officials said the fire grew in all directions Tuesday because of the wind. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Crews were flying three helicopters to drop water. Three air tankers were also used to drop water.

The entire Beulah Valley is under evacuation orders. Highway 78 is closed at Siloam Road and 3R Road at North Signal Mountain. Schools in Beulah were closed Tuesday.

The fire is burning on both sides of Highway 78, the sheriff's office said.

The evacuation areas include the Hurricane Ranch area, Mountain Shadows mobile home park, 3R and Signal Mountain, Pine Drive, North Creek Road to Red Mountain Youth Camp and Oldham Road.

There are more than 700 homes under evacuation.

Evacuation area for Beulah Hill Fire. Tuesday, October 4

Evacuation area for Beulah Hill Fire. Tuesday, October 4

The Pueblo Community Joint Information Center is open to those affected by the fire and a shelter is open Southwest Motors Events Center at the Colorado State Fairgrounds.

Small animals can be taken to Pueblo Animal Services (4600 Eagle Ridge Circle) and large animals can be taken to the Colorado State Fairgrounds.

The U.S. Postal Service said there will be no mail delivery in Beulah because of road closures. All mail is being sent to the Pueblo Sunset Station (3000 Wedgewood Drive).