El Paso County Sheriff Not Pleased with Black Forest Fire Report

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa fired back at the results of a independent investigation into the Black Forest Fire calling the report “garbage,” cites kktv.com.

Maketa said the public has been misled by the report compiled by David Fisher of Fisher Enterprises, LLC. Maketa said, “Shame on you Mr. Fisher and the garbage that your public relations firm has put out in an effort to protect the reputation of a fire district.”

The chairman for the Black Forest Fire District Board sent KKTV this response about the report and Maketa’s allegations: “Our Board stands by the report that was released this morning. This report was prepared by an experienced law enforcement officer not a PR person as claimed by the Sheriff. Our Board is not going to engage in a “he said she said ” conversation with the Sheriff. We are committed to move this community forward in the healing process.”

A potential bombshell was uncovered by Fisher while looking into the handling of the fire.

The report alleges firefighters were sent to specifically protect the home of the acting commander of Emergency Services for El Paso County, Bob McDonald.

Maketa said, “Never did Commander McDonald ask for any fire resources to be directed to his home.”

The full report was released to the public Friday. The report was written by an independent investigator hired by the Black Forest Fire Board. Investigator Dave Fisher was hired after El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa accused Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey of mishandling the fire last year.

Fisher is a retired police commander from Greenwood Village.

Highlights of the report, originally released a seven-page excerpt in February, cleared Harvey of any wrongdoing. The full report is more than 2,000 pages.

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