Colorado Fire Chief Never Received Wildfire Burn Plan

Elk Creek Fire Chief Bill McLaughlin said that getting and reviewing the burn plan would've been essential.


"We’ve begun to talk about some of the things that we can improve, but we’re going to need to let the dust settle a little bit. I’m not sure that we can afford to do what we need to do. We’re going to try to figure out what pieces we can afford to put in place to make our response better in the future. Unfortunately, a lot of times we learn from the big events, and as a department we’re going to learn from this. As a community we’re going to learn from this, and hopefully as a state, Colorado will learn from it and look at, 'Hey there are a lot of ways that we can improve our ability to respond to fires,'" said McLaughlin.

Governor Orders Fire Review Team

Wyoming's Bighorn National Forest supervisor, William Bass, will lead a four-person review team that will examine the prescribed burn.

Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Bass Monday following calls for an independent review by Hickenlooper and Colorado State University, which oversees the Colorado State Forest Service that conducted the burn.

Bass' team will examine the planning of the burn, procedures in place and how it was carried out. The review is expected to take about 30 days.

The review is separate from a criminal investigation into three deaths apparently caused by the fire and a possible federal review into response coordination, fire suppression efforts and communication among responders and residents.

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