Some Junkins Fire evacuees returning home; fire just 3 percent contained

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PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. — Some people forced to evacuate by the Junkins Fire were allowed to begin the re-entry process Thursday morning.

People who live in the North Creek area, from Central to the Red Mountain Youth Camp, and the Simonson Trail Subdivision were allowed access beginning at 10 a.m.

They had been under an evacuation order since Monday.

Officials also announced that pre-evacuation orders have been lifted for all of the Beulah Valley, including Beulah and the Red Creek Ranch.

However, all residents on North Creek Road from the Red Mountain Youth Camp to the county line remain on evacuation status, officials said Thursday.

The evacuation center at the First Baptist Church in Florence remains open for evacuees.

As of Thursday morning, the Junkins Fire had burned about 16,800 acres and was 3 percent contained. A total of 13 structures have burned, including five homes.

The Pueblo West Fire Department shared video of the fire burning near Road 387 on Monday.