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Jake Bywater, left, with the help of friend Leonard Lasco, right, knocks down hot spots Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in the remains of his 30-foot by 60-foot pole barn 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 fire burned 23 homes and about 41,000 acres. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Tom Humiston (left) and others affected by Fire 117 attended an informational meeting with El Paso County Officials at Hanover Junior-Senior High School on Monday, May 14, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
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)
Haze was visible in the Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak areas Monday morning. (Courtesy of City of Colorado Springs)
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STRATTON FORESTER
Scott Komatz of Seed Masters works on a fire mitigation project at Stratton Open Space in this 2017 Gazette file photo. County fire departments are pulling out all the stops for mitigation work they hope can reduce the hazards posed by a potentially extreme summer of wildfires.
STRATTON FORESTER
Scott Komatz of Seed Masters works on a fire mitigation project in Stratton Open Space in this 2017 file photo. El Paso County fire officials preparing for a potentially extreme fire season received an extra $500,000 for mitigation efforts this week from two Colorado foundations.
Jake Bywater and his wife, Kim, walk through the remains Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 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)
Jake Bywater and his wife, Kim, walk through the remains Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 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)
STRATTON FORESTER
Scott Komatz of Seed Masters works on a fire mitigation project in Stratton Open Space in this 2017 file photo. El Paso County fire officials preparing for a potentially extreme fire season received an extra $500,000 for mitigation efforts this week from two Colorado foundations.
HANOVER WILDFIRE
Black smoke from a fire was seen billowing from just past mile marker 117 in Hanover County on Tuesday April 17, 2018. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)