Two deaths confirmed, 23 homes destroyed
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — With more than 200 firefighters and several aircraft on hand to battle the Lower North Fork Fire, Jefferson County officials said at a 4 pm. briefing they hope to start containing the 4,500 blaze Wednesday. As of late Tuesday, the fire was still classified as zero percent contained.
Officials said beetle-killed trees were not considered a factor in the fire. Jefferson County officials think the fire may have been sparked by a prescribed fire that was managed by the Colorado State Forest Service, but officials with that agency said they thought that was an unlikely scenario. (more…)