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CO residents go home

Residents in and around Beulah, Colo., were able to return home on Wednesday after firefighters gained better control of a 12,200-acre wildfire.

BY DISASTER NEWS NETWORK | BALTIMORE | July 13, 2005

Residents in and around Beulah, Colo., were able to return home on Wednesday after firefighters gained better control of a 12,200-acre wildfire.

More than 5,000 people were evacuated in southern Saturday and Sunday as a weekend blaze kept growing along the edges of Pueblo.

Erratic fire behavior made the blaze a challenge for firefighters all weekend, when hot, dry winds reaching 40 mph fanned the blaze. More than 400 firefighters struggled to fight the blaze in 90-degree heat.

The wildfire came within 100 yards of a subdivision.

The Greenwood community is near Wetmore, about 25 miles west of Pueblo. Other evacuated communities include Beulah Valley, Vaughn Ranch, Red Creek, North Creek and Savage. Colorado City and Rye were both put on stand-by.

The area is still considered a high risk for fire because of dense vegetation. The fire was sparked by lightning.


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