By Ben Warwick
DENVER (CBS4) – This summer will see four Colorado wildfires climb into the top 10 list of biggest wildfires in state history.READ MORE: State Senator Calls for Audit After Out-Of-State Company Gets Big Colorado Construction Projects
The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control keeps an official list. That list is below. However, the two large fires currently burning in Southern Colorado will not officially make the list until they are declared contained.
1. The Hayman Fire – 138,114 acres (2002)
2. West Fork Complex Fire (West Fork, Windy Pass, and Papoose Fires) – 109,632 acres (2013)
3. High Park Fire – 87,250 acres (2012)
4. Missionary Ridge Fire – 71,739 acres (2002)
5. Last Chance Fire – 52,000 acres (2012)
6. Bridger Fire – 45,800 acres (2008)READ MORE: On National Latina Equal Pay Day, Latino Worker In Colorado Shares 'Frustrating' Experiences
7. Bear Springs/Callie Marie Fires – 44,662 acres (2011)
8. 117 Fire – 42,795 acres (2018)
9. Beaver Creek Fire – 38,380 acres (2016)
10. Badger Hole Fire – 33,609 acres (2018)
This list reflects acreage only, not the amount of destruction. The Black Forest Fire in El Paso County burned 14,280 acres, destroyed 511 homes and killed two people in 2013, making it the most devastating in Colorado history. The Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs burned 18,247 acres, destroyed 346 homes and killed two people in the summer of 2012. Also in 2012, the High Park Fire destroyed 259 buildings and killed one west of Fort Collins.
As of Wednesday, the Spring Fire sat at 94,093 acres and 104 homes destroyed. The 416 Fire has burned 52,778 acres.
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