Hardscrabble Fire outside Wetmore 50 percent contained

Hardscrabble Fire as seen from Fremont County. Smoke is reportedly visible in parts of Fremont and Pueblo counties. (Photo: Fremont County Sheriff's Office)

WETMORE, Colo. (KKTV) - Firefighters Sunday are halfway to full containment on the Hardscrabble Fire.

The fire was reported just before 9:30 Saturday morning off of County Road 387 a half-mile from Highway 96. This is a few miles south of Wetmore.

The fire has been dubbed the "Hardscrabble Fire" due to its proximity to Hardscrabble Mountain.

The fire has burned 2 acres in rocky terrain on national forest land. (Note: It was previously reported as 3 acres, but that number has since been sized down.) Roughly five homes on County Road 387 and 10 in the Smith Creek area of Highway 96 are under a pre-evacuation order. Highway 96 remains open.

Air resources assisted in the firefight Saturday but were released late in the afternoon.

Firefighters are hoping to have the fire fully contained before the end of the day Sunday.

It's unknown what started the fire. Custer County is currently under stage two fire restrictions.

Editor's note: The U.S. Forest Service previously reported 10 homes were being evacuated. Custer County Sheriff's Office says there are no homes under an evacuation order, only a pre-evacuation order. We have updated the story to reflect the correction.