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.
|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.