Sheriff's Office Critiques Response to Waldo Canyon Fire
KREX News Room
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP)The El Paso County Sheriff's Office has documented successes and shortcomings on its response to the Waldo Canyon wildfire, which killed two people and destroyed 347 homes in Colorado Springs last June.
In one section, the report released Thursday credits staff and volunteers in the emergency operations center with readily adapting as the wildfire grew. But it also says they shouldn't have deployed resources without first coordinating with incident command officials.
City officials released their own self-evaluation this month. They identified deficiencies including inadequate food and water for responders, confusion over boundaries of evacuation areas, and inadequate communications.
The 28-square-mile wildfire forced nearly 29,000 people from their homes. Investigators say the fire was human-caused, but they haven't said whether it was intentional.