Fire chief exonerated of misconduct claims in Black Forest fire report

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Black Forest Fire/Rescue Protection District has released a 2,000-page report that the board says fully exonerates the fire chief from allegations of unprofessional behavior or misconduct.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the report released Friday outlines findings of an independent investigation that was prompted by a dispute between Fire Chief Bob Harvey and El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa.

The dispute between the chief and sheriff erupted after Harvey told a reporter that the Black Forest fire on June 11 was probably intentionally set.

Maketa responded with a statement saying the investigation is his responsibility and he said the fire chief may be covering up his mishandling of the fire response.

The fire burned more than 18,000 acres, destroyed 488 homes and killed two people.

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