Colorado State Forest Service
Crews building the last few miles of fire lines to contain a wildfire southwest of Denver were expected to face warm temperatures and gusty afternoon winds Saturday.
Planners for a prescribed burn that apparently sparked a wildfire in Jefferson County acknowledged there was a potential for fires to escape and cause a “significant threat” to nearby homes.
The wildfire burning in the mostly rural area southwest of Denver was 45 percent contained Thursday evening. JeffCo acknowledges there was an issue with alerting all homeowners about the evacuations.
Gov. John Hickenlooper toured the devastation from the Lower North Fork Fire from a helicopter on Thursday and met with those who have been forced from their homes.
The wildfire burning in the mostly rural area southwest of Denver was 45 percent contained Thursday evening.
Bolstered by reinforcements, fire crews were focusing Wednesday on building containment lines around the 7-square-mile wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes in the mountains southwest of Denver and may have claimed two lives.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has suspended the use of state prescribed burns like the one that may have caused a deadly wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes near Denver.
Residents and officials affected by the Lower North Fork wildfire are asking who might pay if it is found that a prescribed burn set by the Colorado State Forest Service ignited the blaze.
The Lower North Fork Fire has destroyed at least 16 homes and left two people dead, authorities said Tuesday. Authorities have now identified the bodies as husband and wife.
A volunteer fire department that lost one of its engines during a large grass fire in eastern Colorado last weekend is getting a replacement.