El Paso County wildfire damages one house, some outbuildings, burns several hundred acres

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — A quick-moving wildfire damaged one house and a few out buildings Tuesday afternoon in El Paso County before it was contained.

Three people were treated for minor smoke inhalation, but declined to be transported to the hospital, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said.

A voluntary evacuation order was put in place for residents in a 12-square-mile area because of the fire. About 30 to 40 households voluntarily evacuated and were allowed to return home Tuesday evening.

The sheriff’s office said it issued 127 emergency notification calls. A thick plume of smoke was visible from Ellicott and Rush while the fire was burning.

“The fire consumed a few hundred acres bordered by Fossinger Road on the north, Boone Road on the east, Yoder Road on the west and Truckton Road on the south,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

Numerous departments from surrounding jurisdictions responded with firefighters, emergency medical personnel, traffic patrol and animal welfare units. Crews will continue to monitor for hot spots Tuesday night into Wednesday.