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Town of Hanna honors RR 316 responders

Month after massive fire, responders honored by town and school


October 7, 2020

Mike Armstrong

All first responders who helped put out the RR 316 Fire were honored at halftime at the HEM football game on Saturday.

The last time the Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School Miners played at home over the Labor Day weekend, on September 5, there was ominous black smoke billowing into the clear blue skies.

By the time the game ended at 2:30 p.m., several planes were flying overhead dumping retardant and water to stop an out-of-control fire just a couple miles outside of town. By 5 p.m. the town had called for a mandatory evacuation and fire departments from all over the county, the state and Colorado were working well into the night to keep it away from the town and contain it. There were also...

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