Colorado Officials Advise More Fire Compensation

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An image from Copter4 of the Lower North Fork Fire (credit: CBS)

An image from Copter4 of the Lower North Fork Fire (credit: CBS)

DENVER (AP/CBS4) – Five more victims of a deadly 2012 wildfire sparked by what was supposed to have been a controlled burn should get more than $1 million in compensation, the Colorado State Claims Board says.

The Denver Post reported Thursday that the board’s decision on Wednesday brings the total in recommended compensation to about $12.5 million for 26 victims of the Lower North Fork Fire in all. The board’s recommendations go to the state legislature.

The March 2012 controlled burn set by the Colorado State Forest Service in an effort to clear brush to prevent wildfires leapt out of a containment area, setting off a raging fire that killed three people and destroyed two dozen homes.

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