Wildfire destroys at least 10 structures in El Paso County

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — A wildfire in El Paso County destroyed at least 10 structures Tuesday and forced residents out of their homes in the Hanover area.

One El Paso County sheriff’s vehicle was burned and destroyed and one fire apparatus was damaged.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said the fire was moving quickly to the east.

The evacuation area was extended to the Lincoln County line. There was no estimate of how big the wind-driven fire had grown.

The fire burned near mile marker 117 on Interstate 25, with a mandatory evacuation order issued for an area between Hanover Road to the north, Overton Road to the south, South Meridian to the west and South Peyton Highway to the east, the sheriff’s office said.

There were mandatory evacuations for the Hanover area, including Hanover schools.

The evacuation zone covers Interstate 25 to the west to about two miles east. Hanover Road is the north border and County Line Road is the south border.

The grass fires are causing delays in the area and drivers were warned to stay away.