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El Paso County to hold meeting on Monday for residents affected by 117 fire

May 11, 2018 Updated: May 14, 2018 at 10:27 am
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Jake Bywater walks through the remains Wednesday, April 18, 2018, of one of his boats that burned in the 117 Fire. Bywater spent the night and day fighting the fire and putting out hot spots. Bywater saved his home but lost the barn, school bus, four boats and the 100-year-old homestead that he and his wife, Kim, had restored. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

El Paso County will hold a meeting on Monday for those affected by last month's 117 fire.

The meeting will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria of Hanover Junior-Senior High School, 17050 S. Peyton Highway.

County Assessor Steve Schleiker will answer questions about the fire's impact on property values and damage assessments his office conducted after the blaze, which broke out April 17 and grew to more than 42,000 acres.

"We will discuss the damage assessment process, the proration process for the destroyed and damaged properties, along with the portability of the senior homestead exemption," Schleiker said in a statement.

Commissioner Longinos Gonzalez Jr. also will be in attendance.

According to the assessment, the fire caused about $1.3 million in property damage, burning 18 homes and more than 20 other buildings.

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