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Smoke fills the sky at sunset at the East Troublesome fire burns close to the town of Granby in Grand County on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The East Troublesome fire has grown to be the second-largest wildfire in Colorado history. (Chancey Bush/ The Gazette)

Seven Colorado first responders lost their homes while battling flames from the East Troublesome Fire and now the Grand Lake Fire Department is turning to the community for help.

As of Tuesday afternoon, just two days since the launch of the fundraiser, more than $148,000 has been raised to help the seven first responders who lost their homes in the Grand Lake area while fighting the East Troublesome Fire.

"The East troublesome Fire ripped through the heart of Grand Lake and took homes left and right," the GoFundMe page states. "Seven of those homes belonged to the first responders that gave all their energy, sleep, and time to protect their community against this tragedy."

Ellie St. Germain, wife to Seth St. Germain who is the Assistant Fire Chief of Grand Lake Fire, launched the GoFundMe page to offer some relief to those seven first responders who lost their homes.  In just two days, the page has raised more than $148,000 of its $500,000 goal.

The East Troublesome fire ignited on October 14 and grew to more than 190,000 acres in Grand County. Firefighters have since gained containment on the blaze thanks to recent snowfall. The fire was listed at 192,560 acres with 20 percent containment as of Tuesday afternoon

Find the GoFundMe page here: gofundme.com/f/firefighter-who-lost-their-home.

To get the latest on the East Troublesome Fire, please visit inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7242/.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.

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