Judge rejects certain claims against the state in deadly North Fork Fire

GOLDEN, Colo. - A judge in Golden says some North Fork Fire victims' claims of negligence against the state can go ahead, but broad claims stemming from the 2012 fire will not be allowed.

The fire was a prescribed burn set by the Colorado State Forest Service on March 22, 2012. It was not properly extinguished and escaped its boundaries on March 26.

The fire grew to burn 4,140 acres, killed three people and destroyed 24 buildings.

Attorney General John Suthers issued a statement Wednesday saying orders a day earlier by Judge Dennis Hall in the North Fork Fire compensation case makes clear the plaintiffs are limited to remedies provided by state law.

The state legislature last week appropriated $2.06 million in compensation for five victims of the fire. That appropriation brings the total paid by the state to $4.9 million for 16 people.

Among claims Hall rejected was an allegation the conduct of officials "shocks the conscience."

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