Helicopter Drops Water Over Wildfire in Colorado's El Paso County

Elias Hubbard
April 20, 2018

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office tweeted, "If you receive a solicitation for donations to people affected by the #117Fire, be sure to vet the organization before donating". The areas in black indicate containment. Watch it live on FOX21 News or at fox21news.com/live. 1,000 people were evacuated from their homes as the fire moved quickly through El Paso County. Several outbuildings and vehicles were also destroyed, and an unknown number of pets and livestock have been killed.

A state type-2 team has taken over command of the fire, freeing up state and federal resources and reducing the overall financial burden of the fight for local agencies. These are just a few of many potential ignition sources that officials say residents should be especially mindful of as we enter an unusually dry fire season.

When the fire started Tuesday the wind was far too strong for any aircraft to assist firefighters, but Wednesday brought more favorable conditions allowing several contract air tankers and military helicopters to drop retardant and water. No buildings were lost in that fire.

Hanover and Edison School Districts remain closed Thursday, the second day of closures.

No homes or structures are threatened by the fire.

The area bordered by Sanborn Road to the north, the El Paso/Lincoln county line to the east, the El Paso/Pueblo county line to the south, and Boone Road to the east.

Stage II Fire restrictions prohibiting outside fires, firework sales, and outdoor smoking remain in effect for El Paso County. Small animals can be taken to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs; the Norris-Penrose Event Center is open for large animals.

Sadly, scammers claim to be raising money for fire victims, but they are really just ripping people off. Make sure to share this information with your friends and family so they don't fall for a scam.

This is a developing story.

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