A quick-increasing wildfire in southern Colorado pushed the evacuation greater than 150 houses and has damaged buildings, officials said.

And by Monday night it’d grown to 21 square kilometers, based on El Paso County sheriff’s spokeswoman Gail Perez.

The fire delivered up big plumes of smoking, which resulted in a health advisory for individuals living as east as Pueblo.


Firefighters through the state headed towards the fire to help teams from Pueblo and Custer counties. About 80 employees were on the scene, and three air tankers were used.

But officials said high-wind gusts have been grounding water-dropping aircraft.

The reason for the fire is not known. But the fire risk has been increased by a stretch of dried and warm weather, particularly on windy days.

Officials said evacuations could be called for the small town of Beulah, which was evacuated by another wildfire earlier this month. That fire is believed to have been started by a state-operated excavator working in a ditch, possibly by creating a spark.

Towards the north, firefighters included over 50 percent of the 14-acre wildfire in Pike National Forest of Colorado Springs. No buildings were destroyed.

An area ranger using the U.S. Forest Service, Oscar Martinez, said he wished teams can completely retain the fire on Tuesday.

Its cause was not known.