Colo. gov stops prescribed burns after wildfire

DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press Published:

CONIFER, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has suspended the use of state prescribed burns like the one that may have caused a deadly wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes near Denver.

Hickenlooper said Wednesday that the ban on such fires on state lands, including state parks, would be in effect until a review of the wildfire is complete.

The ban doesn't affect land controlled by the federal government -- which accounts for over a third of Colorado. However, Hickenlooper urged counties and federal agencies to also consider suspending such burns for now.