North Fork Fire Report Released

04/16/2012
A report reviewing how a prescribed burn created the Lower North Fork (CO) wildfire has been released. CW 2 Colorado (http://bit.ly/HOrPDy) highlights the factors and recommendations below: Factors: Hot spots from the fire remained four days after the initial burn Normal best practices, including a 200-foot buffer around the burn, didn't work Weather and fire behavior forecasts did not sufficiently predict the complete set of circumstances Rapidly escalating winds created spot firs that exceeded what firefighters on the ground could handle Recommendations: Improve weather information and fire-danger rating systems to make sure fire management agencies have accurate data Improv...

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