Gov. Hickenlooper signs disaster declaration for Wetmore fire burning in Custer and Pueblo counties

Fire estimated at 2,200 acres as of Noon. Wed.

WETMORE, Colo. - Governor John Hickenlooper signed an order Wednesday declaring the Wetmore fire in Custer and Pueblo counties a disaster.

As of 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, the fire was estimated at 2,100 acres. The majority, approximately 2,000 of those acres, are in Custer County. The remainder are in Pueblo County.

The fire is burning in grass, Ponderosa pine and oak brush, about one mile west of Wetmore.  Wetmore is about 20 miles southeast of Canon City and 30 miles west of Pueblo.

The fire is currently fifteen percent contained.

The governor's emergency declaration said the request for emergency assistance came from the Custer County Sheriff on Oct. 23. At that time, the fire was threatening approximately 350 homes.

Currently, 102 homes in Custer County and 276 homes in Pueblo County have been evacuated. Fire officials said 14 homes were damaged in the fire.

The governor's declaration also said the fire was "threatening roads, utilities and a watershed in the area."

The order makes funding available to pay for fire suppression, response and recovery effort.

The fire was reported about 1:32 p.m. on Tuesday. Sheriff Fred Jobe told 7NEWS Wednesday morning that crews waited for daylight to continue fighting the fire. Overnight, many of the fire crews were sent to protect structures.

Evacuees are being offered shelter at:

  • First Baptist Church, 303 E. Third Street, Florence, CO 81226
  • Church of Nazarene, 84 Sanford Avenue, Pueblo, CO 81005
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