Residents allowed home after Beulah Hill Fire forces evacuations

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The fire in Pueblo County has been contained and residents will be allowed home Friday. (Photo credit: KRDO)

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo.– Progress has been made fighting the fire in Beulah that originally forced Governor John Hickenlooper to declare a disaster emergency Thursday night.

Friday, the fire is 75 percent contained and all Beulah residents who have been evacuated now have the all clear to return home beginning at 1 p.m.

The re-entry center at the 4-H buildings at the fairgrounds opens at 10 a.m.

Residents must get a permit to be allowed back home.

The declaration by Hickenlooper assigned nearly $5 million from the state Disaster Emergency Fund for firefighting efforts.

Investigators believe that a Colorado Department of Transportation excavator started the fire Monday. It raced out of control in strong winds and dry, warm conditions.

It destroyed eight homes and six buildings and forced almost 2,000 people to evacuate.

Beulah is about 25 miles southwest of Pueblo.

Read the disaster declaration here