Calls show residents panicked over Colo. wildfire

REMA RAHMAN Associated Press Published:

DENVER (AP) -- Firefighters tried to stop a flare up from a prescribed burn in Colorado for three hours before asking for homes to be evacuated.

According to authorities' log released Wednesday, the fire first crossed the burn's containment lines built at 1:40 p.m. on March 26. Firefighters requested evacuations three hours later when it crossed a drainage.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says it learned the fire had gotten out of control at 5 p.m., prompting it to start evacuations.

Even before that, residents had been calling concerned about smoke, including the husband of a couple later found dead.

The burn apparently re-ignited in strong winds four days after it was set and damaged or destroyed more than two dozen homes.