Why start a fire in a tinder box?

Posted: Mar 30, 2012

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Denver Post

The apology issued Wednesday by the state's forest service for the Jefferson County wildfire that has taken two lives and burned thousands of acres is an appreciated, if belated, gesture, but it's far from the last word on this disaster.

Though investigations are under way, it is not too early to ask why state fire officials set a controlled burn during an unusually warm and dry stretch. This hazard reduction technique is now acknowledged as the cause of the fire that destroyed two dozen homes.

In recognition of the seriousness of the situation, Gov. John Hickenlooper issued a statewide ban on controlled burns. We're glad to see him do so.

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