Junkins Fire In Custer County Forces Evacuations

Photo: Map Of Junkins Fire, 11a Oct 17, Colo Div of Fire Prevention
Following an overflight from the state's multi-mission aircraft, this map shows the perimeter of the Junkins Fire. Blue dots denote structures.

homes have been lost. The Colorado emergency management division said people who live in 140 other homes have also been warned to be ready to evacuate if needed.

Custer County Sheriff Shannon Byerly told The Gazette their “main focus has been on evacuation.”

Shelters for the evacuated are the First Southern Baptist Church in Florence and the Valley Bible Fellowship in Silver Cliff. A third evacuation center is open at the Colorado State Fair Ag Place in Pueblo.

Highway 165 is closed from McKenzie Junction to Ophir Creek, and Highway 96 is closed from McKenzie Junction to Wetmore. There’s an air quality alert issued for Pueblo County -- people with asthma and allergies are advised to stay inside.