Colorado fire grows to over 300 acres

The Saint Charles Fire in Pueblo County was estimated at 266 acres Tuesday morning, October 24, and still at zero percent containment. The incident management team said warm temperatures and the lack of humidity recovery overnight had caused the fire to grow substantially, and the Pueblo Chieftain reported today that the fire is now over 300 acres.

Saint Charles Fire
Saint Charles Fire photo by Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office

The Saint Charles Fire started October 14. Additional resources have been ordered and are arriving daily.

Crews reported slightly increased humidity and cooler temperatures yesterday, but further warm and sunny conditions were forecast for Wednesday, with shifting light winds picking up in the afternoon. Stronger winds out of the west at 11-15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph were predicted for Wednesday by late evening, with increased winds and fire activity resulting in further smoky conditions.

About 170 firefighters are working on the fire.

St. Charles Fire
Sikorsky UH-60A helicopter at work on the Saint Charles Fire — from the incident facebook page.

Resources include three helicopters, two SEATs, and three large airtankers, along with an air attack aircraft.

Four nearby neighborhoods are on pre-evacuation notice, including Tara J, Simonson Meadows, Aspen Acres, and the entire San Isabel area; the Pueblo County Sheriff issued a burn ban for the county until the fire is contained.

According to the Custer County Sheriff’s Office, the fire is about a half mile from the Custer County line.

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2 thoughts on “Colorado fire grows to over 300 acres”

  1. 13 LAT drops (3 LATs) from Denver so far today. A forth LAT (DC-10) from Alexandria, Louisiana was moved to Colorado Springs earlier.


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