Cooler Weather Helps Crews Fighting Wildfire Near Westcliffe

October 19, 2016

Firefighters are working in cooler weather as they try to stop the Junkins wildfire in southern Colorado that has destroyed five homes and has forced residents of more than 250 properties to evacuate.

The fire has scorched more than 25 square miles since starting Monday near the town of Westcliffe when high winds blew a metal outbuilding into a power line.

Temperatures were only expected to be in the 50s on Wednesday. But while some mountains have a fresh dusting of snow, Pueblo County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Gayle Perez says no precipitation is expected at the fire.

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