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Colorado fire burns 3,000 acres

Residents of approximately 900 homes in Jefferson County, CO have been evacuated from the rural, mountainous area southwest of Denver. So far, the fire has ruined 15 to 25 structures, including 5 homes. A body was also discovered, but the authorities have not been able to determine the cause of death.

Investigators suspect that the conflagration may have begun as a prescribed burn initiated last week. Experts believe that the unexpectedly strong winds and recent dry weather contributed to the creation of the wildfire, which covered nearly 5 square miles in a few hours. Now fire fighters and Colorado residents are hoping that the winds die down to prevent the blaze from spreading even further.

“For those whose homes were not destroyed but damaged by smoke, EMSL Analytical’s laboratories identify fire residues for property insurance claims,” states Eugenia Mirica, Ph. D., Materials Laboratory Manager. “Our advanced technology can determine whether the combustion-by-products sampled are indeed the result of a wildfire.”

by S. C.
31 march 2012, World News > America