Wildfire burning SW of Beulah closes Hwy. 165

BEULAH, Colo. — A small wildfire burned in Pueblo County just southwest of Beulah Saturday.

The fire spanned about one acre across the San Isabel National Forest, according to a tweet from the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office at 5:45 p.m.

Crews from the Beulah Fire Department and the United States Forest Service joined deputies to battle the blaze.

The site of the fire was about three miles from the community of Beulah, but deputies said the fire was not a threat to homes in the area.

The Colorado Department of Transportation closed Highway 165, 12 miles north of Rye due to the fire.  As of 7:20 p.m., there was no estimated time of reopening

The agency that represents the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, as well as Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) in Colorado and Kansas, said the fire resulted from lightning.

A type one helicopter dropped water on the flames from a dip site located at Lake Isabel, PSICC added.