Winds gust ranging from 40 to 50 mph in Pueblo County fueled several fires Monday afternoon. Fortunately no one was injured.
Pueblo County crews received at least eight fire or wind related calls. There were reports of out of control flames, heavy smoke, and utility problems.
There were four brush fires, two trees were ablaze, piles of leaves and manure caught fire, utility poles were hanging low and an auto body shop and two cars burned.
The majority was in Eastern Pueblo County and all happened in just a three-hour span of time.
Strong winds made the blazes hard to battle. About five acres of brush was burned along the Arkansas River bottom near 21st Lane and Clearview. Three to four acres of prairie land burned near 55th Lane and Elderberry.
People are reminded to call before they burn: 719-583-BURN (2876).
A Red Flag warning is in effect through 8pm for all areas along and east of the mountains. The combination of dry air, dry fuels, strong winds, and warm air is creating ideal conditions for the spread of wildfires.
Sheriff officials say coordination of the county fire agencies is paramount crediting all agencies who worked together to keep the community safe: Pueblo Rural Fire, Pueblo West Fire, West Park Fire, Boone Fire, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Bureau Fire Team, CF& I, and Pueblo Chemical Depot Fire.
Here is a complete list from the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center:
11:36 West 11th Street – Performance Auto Body burning trash had embers ignite a fire inside the building. Vehicle inside garage was a complete loss.
12:27 28th Ln and Manning Rd – pile of yard debris was out of control
12:40 41st Ln and South Rd – brush fire, no structures threatened
12:40 25th Ln and Hillside Rd – Extremely low power line possible due to high winds
1:18 38th Ln and Hwy 50 – Tree on fire
1:20 West of 400 Block of Galileo – Heavy smoke in area (nothing found by responders)
1:58 21st Ln and Clearview – large fire in the river bottom, multiple agencies responded
2:22 33rd Ln and South Rd – waste pile on fire, resident needed help putting it out
2:30 55th Ln and Elderberry – trees on fire, multiple agencies responded
“Residents were very fortunate that these fires didn’t involve any injuries and had only relatively minor property damage. It is critical that people check conditions before they light an outdoor fire. Absolutely no fires are allowed during Red Flag days because these calls drain our resources and these fires threaten safety and property in our community.” Sheriff Kirk M Taylor added, “Even if burning is permitted, people must be sure to completely put out their fire so it doesn’t ignite without warning when strong winds blow the next day.”