Emergency Alert System
In March 2012, a wildfire caused by a prescribed burn that went out of control killed three Jefferson County residents, destroyed or damaged 27 houses, and charred about 2 square miles.
Authorities in Jefferson County tested a new emergency alert system on Wednesday to make sure it works.
Emergency notifications save lives when a disaster strikes, but during the Lower North Fork Fire in Jefferson County some people never received an alert call. Now all agencies in Douglas County are hoping a new system will prevent that.
The federal government will conduct a national test of the Emergency Alert System, or EAS, around noon.