Public to get 1st close look at big Colo. wildfire
by Dan Elliott, Associated Press
June 20, 2012 03:34 PM | 391 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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In this Sunday, June 17, 2012, photo, Fort Collins police officers, Department of Wildlife managers and Colorado Parks and Wildlife veterinarians work together to lift a tran-quilized moose onto a stretcher in a neighborhood in west Fort Collins, Colo. The moose, fleeing a wildfire, swam across Horsetooth Reservoir, wildlife officials said. (AP Photo/The Coloradoan, Dawn Madura)
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DENVER (AP) — The public is getting its first close-up look at the damage from a massive northern Colorado wildfire, 11 days after it started.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Department will escort reporters, photographers and TV crews into part of the fire zone on Wednesday.

Until now, Sheriff Justin Smith had barred journalists from areas that had been evacuated, citing safety concerns and the privacy of fire victims.

Smith has said the residents should have the chance to see their homes before the general public.

It wasn't immediately clear why the sheriff agreed to allow media access.

The fire has charred more than 100 square miles and destroyed at least 189 homes.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
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