Fire at Pueblo Chemical Depot contained

A fire that burned 5,000 acres of land at the Pueblo Chemical Depot near Pueblo, Colorado, is now considered 100 percent contained.

The Pueblo Chemical Depot contains thousands of mortars armed with obsolete mustard agent. The fire was located in an area five to six miles from any chemical storage, according to

Chuck Sprague, a public affairs spokesman for the depot, said that the fire started when a power line was blown down by wind. Winds in the area were sustained at 26 miles per hour and gusted up to 46 miles per hour.

Sprague told that the fire was being blown toward the bunkers, but that there was little danger since they were protected by a large area of gravel to block any fire damage. One shed on the property was destroyed, but there was no other damage reported.

As a safety precaution, approximately 700 employees and construction workers were evacuated from the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant shortly before 5 p.m.

The chemical depot’s fire department fought the fire with assistance from the Transportation Technology Center.

The blaze was one of three new wildfires reported in Colorado this week. In total, more than 11,000 acres were burned and several thousand people were evacuated. There were no injuries reported.