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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Mark Techmeyer
Sam Lucas was among the first to begin calling 911 about a wildfire burning near his home on the outskirts of Denver. But the dispatcher, having already answered a handful of calls about the fire, cut Lucas off to tell him it was a controlled burn and that the forest service was on the scene.
Authorities in Colorado say they're investigating how well their emergency telephone notification system works because some residents who signed up never got a warning about a wildfire.
Air tankers and helicopters dropped fire retardant and water on a wildfire in the tinder-dry foothills west of Denver on Tuesday while 17 homes remained under evacuation orders.
"The information at the time was we had a controlled burn and fire agencies were on scene," said Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer. "In law enforcement, you want to minimize radio traffic. There would be no reason to air out something that's already common knowledge."
"It was way too large geographically," he said, adding that he had no other details. "That was a user error on our end."