COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Evacuations were lifted and firefighters in El Paso and Pueblo Counties finally announced containment of the huge "117 Fire" that burned for two days southeast of Colorado Springs. The El Paso Sheriff’s Office said Thursday night that the fire was 100-percent contained.
Almost 43,000 acres and 23 homes were burned. Of those, six homes were vacant, the sheriff’s office said. Previously, the number had been reported at seven. Two firefighters were treated at hospitals for smoke inhalation. Pets and livestock died in the fire, in spite of firefighters cutting fences so they could escape. No numbers were given.
El Paso County evacuated 305 square miles with an estimated 370 homes and 1,000 people.
Three heavy tanker airplanes spread fire retardant on flames in the open land to the northeast of the fire fronts, Sheriff Bill Elder said Wednesday. They were joined by five helicopters from Fort Carson that dumped water and flame retardants on patches of fire. Thursday a drone interfered with the aircraft, the sheriff’s social media said.
Updated map of the area burned by 117 Fire in El Paso and Pueblo Counties via El Paso County Sheriff
The wildfire started Tuesday near mile-marker 117 on I-25 south of Wigwam in El Paso County.
The Badger Hole Fire in eastern Baca County and the western Kansas Border burned 33,384 acres and was 85 percent contained. Over 31 agencies involving 100 personnel have responded to fight that fire.
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