DENVER (AP) – People impacted by a 2012 Colorado wildfire started by the state have gotten their compensation payments from the government.

The payments disbursed this week total nearly $18 million for about nearly two dozen parties with outstanding claims from the Lower North Fork Fire. The fire near Conifer grew out of a prescribed burn, making the state liable for damages.

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The wildfire killed three people and burned two dozen homes.

State lawmakers this year approved legislation to set aside the money and pay victims.

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