Colorado Forest Service Is Sorry After Planned Burns Trigger Wildfire


Colorado Forest Service Is Sorry After Planned Burns Trigger Wildfire

Tags: associated, destroyed, wildfire, colorado, andrieski, framed, child's, conifer, wednesday, controlled

The ruins of a home destroyed by a wildfire are framed by a child's swing set near Conifer, Colo., on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.
Enlarge Ed Andrieski/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The ruins of a home destroyed by a wildfire are framed by a child's swing set near Conifer, Colo., on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

The ruins of a home destroyed by a wildfire are framed by a child's swing set near Conifer, Colo., on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

Ed Andrieski/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The ruins of a home destroyed by a wildfire are framed by a child's swing set near Conifer, Colo., on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

A spokesman for the Colorado Forest Service says that what began as a controlled burn just southwest of Denver got out of control this week and turned into the deadly Lower North Fork Wildfire. Colorado deputy state forester Joe Duda apologized, saying the situation is "heartbreaking." He said an ember escaped from the containment line surrounding the planned burn and ignited the blaze, notes The Associated Press.

Since the fire started, an elderly couple has been found dead in their home, a woman is missing and at least 27 homes are damaged or destroyed, according to the AP. The fire, set last Thursday, broke out afresh on Monday.

As Ben Markus reported for All Things Considered, the sudden return of flames caught many by surprise, leading to a chaotic evacuation. Ben talked to Mark Techmeyer of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, who says the fire's power was monstrous:

"You get a fire that ran like it did, Monday afternoon with wind gusts up to 80 miles an hour; it went from one acre to 3,000 in about an hour," Techmeyer says. "Like I say, when they were running for their lives, they literally were," he says. "We had firefighters going down the road grabbing people and their pets and throwing them in the firetrucks to get them out. It was that bad."

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) suspended controlled burns until a state investigation into this fire is completed. "We will conduct a thorough and comprehensive review of conditions across the state, as well as the protocols that have been utilized during the prescribed burns," the governor said in a written statement.

At this time, the Denver Post reports the blaze is 15% contained and scorched more than 4,100 acres.

Not yet rated. Be the first:

<< Previous Article      Next Article >>


Comment

Name:

http://bestmedicineonline.info said... Rating: 0   Vote +   Vote -  

F3yWlT Enjoyed every bit of your blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

2/14/2013 4:34:20 PM 

Cytotec online order said... Rating: 0   Vote +   Vote -  

wow, awesome blog article.Really thank you! Fantastic.

3/4/2013 6:09:34 PM 

order proscar online said... Rating: 0   Vote +   Vote -  

wow, awesome article post.Much thanks again. Will read on...

3/6/2013 5:17:36 AM 

norvasc no prescription said... Rating: 0   Vote +   Vote -  

Major thankies for the blog. Keep writing.

3/6/2013 5:17:37 AM 

buy levitra said... Rating: 0   Vote +   Vote -  

Wow, great blog post. Will read on...

3/6/2013 10:53:14 PM 

order zoloft online said... Rating: 0   Vote +   Vote -  

Thanks a lot for the post. Want more.

3/8/2013 1:02:08 PM 

early onset menopause symptoms said... Rating: 0   Vote +   Vote -  

Say, you got a nice blog article. Really Cool.

3/9/2013 8:15:40 AM 

buy viagra 100mg said... Rating: 0   Vote +   Vote -  

Really enjoyed this article post.Really thank you! Will read on...

3/11/2013 6:46:52 PM 

buy viagra pills said... Rating: 0   Vote +   Vote -  

I really like and appreciate your blog.Really thank you!

3/11/2013 6:46:55 PM 

20mg levitra uk said... Rating: 0   Vote +   Vote -  

Very informative post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

3/12/2013 6:40:05 AM 

buy viagra pills said... Rating: 0   Vote +   Vote -  

I think this is a real great article post.Really thank you! Will read on...

3/13/2013 7:05:40 AM 

buy viagra online said... Rating: 0   Vote +   Vote -  

Looking forward to reading more. Great article.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.

3/13/2013 7:05:41 AM 

buy generic cialis said... Rating: 0   Vote +   Vote -  

I am so grateful for your post.Really thank you! Great.

3/13/2013 8:29:07 AM 

buy cheap generic stendra online said... Rating: 0   Vote +   Vote -  

Very good article post.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

3/13/2013 8:29:11 AM 

buy cheap generic cialis online said... Rating: 0   Vote +   Vote -  

Looking forward to reading more. Great post. Will read on...

3/13/2013 8:29:13 AM 

generic viagra said... Rating: 0   Vote +   Vote -  

I really liked your article post.Really thank you! Really Great.

3/15/2013 4:44:33 AM 

Buy Levitra said... Rating: 0   Vote +   Vote -  

Muchos Gracias for your blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

3/15/2013 8:48:48 PM