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Heroes of the Beulah fire: What they need from the public

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Posted at 1:45 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 15:45:51-04

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. -- Hundreds of firefighters have worked tirelessly over the last 24 hours since a wildfire burning in Pueblo County, now dubbed the Beulah Hill Fire, grew from one acre to thousands of acres. 

Windy conditions have made fighting the fire intensely difficult, leading embers to grow the fire in all directions. Containment hasn't yet been achieved in any capacity.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the fire had grown to roughly 5,000 acres, with estimations ranging between 4,800 and 8,000 acres.

400 firefighters are working around the clock to stop the fire from growing and consuming houses, but conditions have stopped their progress at times.

At least seven structures have been destroyed, but hope isn't lost.

A great deal of equipment has been employed in firefighting efforts, including equipment via the air. 

Fire crews are asking for help from the public, both in moral support and in easy actions. 

One of the most important actions that can help the cause is controlling any potential sources of flame -- including cigarette butts and more. 

Firefighters have also requested people obey the evacuations both for themselves, and for drones. Crews say if there are any drones or unknown items in the fire's airspace, they will not be able to launch fire fighting aircraft.

Although crews have yet to estimate how long it will take to get the fire under control, they will continue to work around the clock to preserve homes and structures. 

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