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Official: Many didn't get fire evacuation call

Sheriff's spokeswoman: Many residents didn't get call to evacuate in deadly Colo. wildfire By The Associated Press

CONIFER, Colo. (AP) ' Authorities say nearly a quarter of the residents who should have received automated calls telling them to evacuate ahead of a Colorado wildfire were not notified.

KUSA-TV reported Thursday (http://on9news.tv/HiGKr2 ) that Jefferson County sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley blamed the problem on a software glitch. Kelley didn't immediately return calls and emails from The Associated Press.

Kelley says about 22 percent of the residents didn't get the calls. Officials have said 900 households were called, but some residents say they were never notified.



A couple died and another is missing in the wildfire, which erupted Monday in the mountains southwest of Denver. It's not clear whether the couple received a call.

Authorities believe the fire was caused by a controlled burn that sprang back to life in high winds.


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