Colorado wildfire report: More fuel present than expected

A team of specialists says firefighters underestimated how much unburned vegetation remained inside a prescribed burn in Colorado blamed for triggering a deadly wildfire.

Their review released Monday found that the 200-foot-wide buffer area around the burn by the Colorado State Forest Service wasn’t big enough to contain the embers when 55-mph gusts hit four days later.

The Colorado State Forest Service conducted the prescribed burn on March 22 in the foothills 25 miles southwest of Denver. Four days later, a fast-moving wildfire tore through a forested subdivision with spacious lots and narrow gravel roads. Three people were found dead at their homes.


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