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The 117 Fire


April 25, 2018

Karen AuBuchon Johnson

The Hell Fighter Firefighters from Montrose fill their truck up with water from one of the tankers parked alongside the Hanover Fire Department. The fire also burned around the perimeter of the fire department leaving it untouched

Our photojournalist Karen AuBuchon Johnson captured these photos during and after the 117 Fire that swept through the Hanover area in southeastern El Paso County destroying 42,795 acres and 24 homes (including seven vacant homes) as well as some outbuildings. El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder said at one point the fire had 50-foot flames and was traveling at 35 mph. The fire spread so quickly covering 35 miles in just two hours. First responders had to work rapidly to evacuate residents as the fire quickly spread. One fire truck was destroyed and a sheriff's vehicle was damaged. A couple of firefighters suffered from smoke inhalation and cattle and small animals lost their lives in the fire.

Karen AuBuchon Johnson

A chimney was all that was left standing after the 117 Fire swept through this property north of Hanover Rd.

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