- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

WESTCLIFFE, Colo. (AP) - The Latest on a southern Colorado wildfire that has burned five homes (all times local):

9:10 p.m.

A southern Colorado wildfire is now 33 percent contained and more residents are being allowed to return home.

Evacuation orders for some residents near Beulah in Pueblo County were lifted Thursday morning and some residents in Custer County were allowed back in the evening.

The fire is 11 miles east of Westcliffe. Officials say it started Monday when high winds blew a metal outbuilding into a utility pole and knocked down a power line.

The burned area was listed at about 28 square miles Thursday.

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2:35 p.m.

More residents evacuated by a southern Colorado wildfire that has burned five homes are being allowed back home.

Evacuation orders for some residents near Beulah in Pueblo County were lifted Thursday morning and some residents evacuated in Custer County are being allowed back in the evening.

Firefighters have been able to contain 3 percent of the 26 square mile Junkins Fire, which started early Monday morning near Westcliffe. Officials say it was sparked after high winds blew a metal outbuilding into a utility pole and knocked down a power line.

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10:35 a.m.

Some residents evacuated by a southern Colorado wildfire that has burned five homes are being allowed back home.

Evacuation orders for some residents near Beulah in Pueblo County were lifted Thursday morning but remained in place for the bulk of the over 250 homes evacuated by the Junkins Fire, most of them in Custer County.

Firefighters say they made good progress fighting the 26 square mile fire on Wednesday and have been able to contain 3 percent of the fire. It was the first time they have reported any secure lines around the blaze since the fire started Monday near the town of Westcliffe.

Officials say high winds blew a metal outbuilding into a utility pole and knocked down a power line.

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