117 Fire Now 5th Biggest Fire In Colorado History

Posted at 10:15 AM, Apr 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-18 12:15:21-04

The latest information as of 9 am Thursday morning from the El Paso county sheriff is that the 117 fire has burned 41,000 acres and is still active on the north and southern sides. This now makes the 117 fire the 5th largest in size for Colorado history, trailing behind the Missionary Ridge Fire in Durango that burned 71,739 acres. Here is a list of past Colorado fires organized from largest to smallest.

Year Size Name Area
2002 137,760 acres Hayman Fire Colorado
2013 110,405 acres West Fork Fire Complex Wolf Creek Pass
2012 87,284 acres High Park Fire Roosevelt National Forest
2002 71,739 acres Missionary Ridge Fire Durango
2018 41,000+ acres 117 Fire Colorado Springs Area
2012 18,247 acres Waldo Canyon Fire Colorado Springs Area
2013 14,280 acres Black Forest Fire Black Forest
2013 13,572 acres East Peak Fire East Spanish Peak
2013 3,800 acres Royal Gorge Fire Royal Gorge
1994 2,115 acres South Canyon Fire Colorado

Also burning is the Badger Hole Fire in far southeast Colorado within Baca county and stretching east into Kansas. Early reports are that this fire could possibly be larger than the 117 fire but we’re waiting on the Baca county sheriff to confirm the actual size.