Wildfire victims allowed in to see damaged homes in Wetmore

Most evacuees in Pueblo County allowed to return

WETMORE, Colo. -  

Some victims of a wildfire that forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in southern Colorado and burned 14 homes are being allowed back in to inspect the damage.
   The fire has burned across about three square miles near Wetmore in Custer County. It is 65 percent contained.
   Sheriff's officials have said homes of about 380 people were evacuated after the fire broke out Tuesday and quickly grew in strong winds. Fire officials said the Greenwood community was still evacuated Thursday, but other evacuation orders outside the fire perimeter have been lifted.
   In neighboring Pueblo County, authorities had made about 270 evacuation calls to residents, but all have been allowed back home.
   In southwest Colorado, a fire that also prompted evacuations is 70 percent contained.

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


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