WETMORE, Colo. - Officials say the Wetmore Fire, which burned nearly 2,000 acres in Pueblo and Custer counties, is 100% contained as of Monday afternoon.
The fire began on Tuesday about a quarter mile away from the town of Wetmore. 15 residential structures were lost; however there were no injuries to the public or firefighters, authorities said.
Fire officials remind the public that they may still smell smoke in the area for the next few weeks.
More than 20 organizations responded to the Wetmore Fire, including: Buelah Fire Department, the Bureau of Land Management, Canon City Fire Department, Chaffee County Fire Department, Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Mountain Rangers, Colorado Springs Fire Department, Colorado State Patrol, Cripple Creek Fire Department, Custer County, Florence Police Department, Fremont County, Long Canyon Fire Department, Manitou Springs Fire Department, Pueblo County, Pueblo West Fire Department, Red Creek Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Rye Fire Department, South Arkansas Fire Department, South Metro Fire Department, Tallahassee Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service, West Metro Fire Department, and Wetmore Fire Department.
The fire spread quickly Tuesday, forcing mandatory evacuations to be ordered for parts of Custer and Pueblo Counties. All evacuations were lifted by last Thursday. Highways also reopened in the area last week.
The fire was caused by high winds blowing down power lines in the area. A transformer sparked and started the fire, according to the Custer County Sheriff's Office.
KRDO NewsChannel 13's Scott Harrison spoke with two families affected by the fire.
Photographer John Wark also shared aerial photos of the fire with KRDO NewsChannel 13.