Internal investigation costs at Black Forest Fire Rescue mean job elimination, station closure

BLACK FOREST, Colo. - Black Forest Fire Rescue is eliminating a part-time firefighter position and will stop staffing one fire station because of the high cost of an internal investigation.

The money was spent for independent investigation into the Black Forest Fire and their chief to see if he mishandled the start of fire. That investigation concluded he did not.

According to KKTV-TV, there was a long list of cuts the board had to make. Those cuts will help pay for the $100,000 in legal fees for that independent investigation.

The report found that no one could have stopped the fire that started June 11 and burned more than 18,000 acres, destroyed 488 homes and killed two people.

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