Crews contain Milne Fire in Hanover

UPDATE (2/28/17): The Milne Fire is considered contained, El Paso County officials said Tuesday morning.

Officials say no homes were destroyed.

Engineering and Disaster Assessment Teams are currently in the area conducting inspections for damages.

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — Multiple agencies are battling the Milne Fire in Hanover that started Monday afternoon.

Officials estimate the fire has burned around 5,000 acres. It was earlier reported the fire had burned around 7,000 acres.

Hanover fire chief Carl Tatum says there are many hotspots in the area and at this time the fire is “laying down.”

“We’re looking to resume operations Tuesday morning at sunbreak,” Tatum said.

All evacuation orders were lifted just after 7 p.m. Residents must have ID to re-enter the area.

He said the chances of homes being evacuated Tuesday are slim, but could possibly happen depending on the weather.

Milne Fire
Multiple crews are battling a fire in Hanover on Milne Road. / Kalyn McMackin — FOX21 News

Those in the area can expect fire crews patrolling the area overnight. If you see a flareup, you are urged to contact the fire department.

The exact number of homes or structures lost has not been confirmed.

Officials say one firefighter was injured on his wrist and is being evaluated at a local emergency room.

Ellicott schools released some students early Monday due to the fire.

All Hanover D-28 campuses and preschool will be closed Tuesday.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

Road Closures:

  • Eastbound Squirrel Creek Road and Peyton Highway
  • Eastbound Milne Road and Squirrel Creek Road
  • Peyton / Drennan
  • Henderson / Drennan
  • Enoch / Harding Farm Lane

This is a developing story. Stay with FOX21 for the latest.


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