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117 Fire 100 percent contained, evacuations lifted

Posted: 6:51 AM, Apr 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-20 08:51:35-04

Around 8:30 p.m. Thursday night, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said the 117 Fire was 100 percent contained and all evacuations were lifted.

The massive fire burned 23 homes and more than 40,000 acres east of Hanover in one of the largest wildfires in recent history. 

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Hanover schools will remain closed Friday, but students at Ellicot 54 J-T will return to class.

The fire started early Tuesday afternoon along the east side of I-25 in the Hanover area. 1,000 people were evacuated from their homes as the fire moved quickly through El Paso County.

A Type 2 team from the state took over the efforts to fully contain the #117Fire in southeastern El Paso County and in far northern Pueblo County. Designating the fire Type 2 meant that a team from the state took over incident command for the fire. This allowed for additional resources to be brought in from state agencies. 

Fort Carson also joined the fight against the 117 Fire on Wednesday. The Mountain Post added resources both in the air and on the ground to fight the blaze. Five helicopters from the Post were brought in to drop water and fire retardants on the flames.

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