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May 7, 2013
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Mistake made handling Waldo Canyon fire report

COLORADO SPRINGS — El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa says a dispatcher made a mistake when she failed to relay a 911 call about a wildfire hours before it roared out of control.

According to KKTV-TV, a man called on June 23 and said he saw a fire smoldering while he was hiking. The dispatcher said the Pueblo Forest Service was already aware of it and would be there shortly.

Fire crews already out searching for the fire were never told.

Four hours later, they were still struggling to find the fire when the flames erupted. It grew for three days, then reached Colorado Springs, destroying more than 300 homes and taking two lives.

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The Summit Daily Updated May 7, 2013 02:25PM Published May 8, 2013 11:14AM Copyright 2013 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.