Firefighters continue to battle the Junkins Fire west of Pueblo, Colorado

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Above: Map of the Junkins Fire, October 21, 2016. The black line is completed fireline, while the red line is uncontained. Produced by the incident management team.

(UPDATED at 10:48 a.m. MDT October 22, 2016)

The number of structures burned in the Junkins Fire west of Pueblo, Colorado has been updated. Officials are now saying 8 homes and 19 outbuildings burned, but only one of the homes was a primary residence. The incident management team is still calling the fire 17,809 acres.

The last of the evacuation orders for the portion of the fire in Pueblo County have been lifted. Evacuations are still in effect in some areas of Custer County.

The number of personnel and equipment assigned to the fire has significantly increased, to 722.

The map below shows heat detected by an aircraft at 12:18 a.m. MDT October 22, 2016.

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Map showing heat detected by an aircraft over the Junkins Fire at 12:18 a.m. MDT October 22, 2016.

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(Originally published at 11:45 a.m. MDT October 21, 2016)

Some evacuations are still in place on the Junkins Fire that started October 17 from a power line that failed during strong winds. The Sheriff’s office said on Friday that they hope to get all residents back into their homes by Saturday. Now managed by a Type 1 incident management team, it has grown to 17,809 acres 21 air miles west of Pueblo, Colorado.  Approximately 524 personnel are assigned.

As of Thursday evening 6 homes and 18 other structures have been destroyed.

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Map of the Junkins Fire, October 20, 2016

The fire has slowed in recent days and fire managers do not expect it will spread much further. Meanwhile, western Pueblo County, including Beulah, continues to be under an Air Quality Health Advisory due to the fire.

Officials have reopened a few roads that were closed, including Custer County Road 395, Highway 78, and Highway 96. Highway 165 is open from Colorado city to mile marker 12.

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An air tanker makes a retardant drop on the Junkins Fire while a second one observes. Photo by G. Grosslight.

Our first article about the Junkins Fire.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills.

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