Black Forest Fire
Investigators in El Paso County say there isn’t enough evidence to file criminal charges right now in connection with the Black Forest Fire.
Colorado will begin a new strategy for fighting wildfires in the coming weeks, deploying aircraft designed to pinpoint the location of blazes quicker after the first sighting of smoke with the aim of beginning suppression efforts faster.
After the Alkali Fire charred roughly 21,000 acres of brush and grass in northwestern Colorado last month, the state’s so-far timid wildfire season limped meekly through July. Colorado’s wildfire season in 2014 has been very mild by comparison.
The Black Forest Fire investigation is now in the hands of the district attorney.
The Red Cross of Colorado is sending two volunteers to Washington state to help people devastated by wildfires. One of the volunteers flew out on Monday and CBS4’s Kathy Walsh found she’s no stranger to big fires.
An ongoing sex scandal involving El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa became a major topic during Tuesday’s news conference about the Black Forest Fire.
Investigators believe they know where the Black Forest Fire ignited but they might never know for sure how Colorado’s most destructive fire started, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said Tuesday.
There’s now a call for the El Paso County sheriff to resign or go on leave amid allegations he had sexual relationships with several subordinates.
Three department commanders say El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa had inappropriate relationships with three subordinates, abused those who questioned the alleged affairs, and removed all oversight of the department’s $60 million budget.
Inside the 2013 Lower North Fork Fire burn area there thousands upon thousands of scorched trees, but right now there’s also snow-covered ground, which is prolonging the wildfire season.