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Apr 18, 2012 6:55 PM by Matt Stafford

Report concludes Colo. wildfire caused by prescribed burn

DENVER (AP) - An investigation into a deadly Colorado wildfire has confirmed that it was caused by a prescribed burn set by the state forest service.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday it found no criminal violation in its review of the Lower North Fork fire, which began March 26.

It said the forest service followed all parameters in a plan for the controlled burn. Those parameters included monitoring the burn after it was conducted on March 22.

A separate review commissioned by the governor said firefighters departed from their plan on one point by patrolling the perimeter of the prescribed burn for only two consecutive days after it was ignited.

The fire blew out of control on the fourth day. It is blamed for three deaths.

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