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Report praises city's response to Waldo Canyon Fire

Recommends logistics training

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A review of the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history found much to praise and few problems in the way Colorado Springs agencies responded.
The city's final After Action Report (AAR), released Wednesday, says first responders reacted in an "incredibly professional and heroic manner" to the Waldo Canyon Fire.

The report praises the planning and training by city personnel and says agencies cooperated well.

It says the city needs better ways to quickly notify other agencies when fire managers make key decisions, and that more personnel should be trained in logistics to support emergency responders.

Officials now say the June fire destroyed 347 houses, one more than an earlier count. It triggered insurance claims of $353 million. Both totals are the worst for any Colorado wildfire.

Investigators say the fire was human-caused, but no one has been arrested.

To read the full report, click here.

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