A judge in Golden has rejected broad claims against the state by Coloradoans affected by a 2012 blaze that forestry officials started as a controlled burn, but negligence claims can go ahead.
A deadly wildfire caused by the state last year has prompted a bill that would provide more compensation in cases of government negligence.
Firefighters battling a wildfire in the foothills near Denver misjudged how long it would take to reach nearby homes.
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.
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.