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Report praises response to deadly Colorado Springs wildfire, suggest changes in communications

A review of the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history found much to praise and few problems in the way Colorado Springs agencies responded.

The city's final review, released Wednesday, says first responders reacted in an "incredibly professional and heroic manner."

The June fire destroyed 346 houses and triggered insurance claims of $353 million. Both totals are the worst for any Colorado wildfire.

The city's report praises the planning and training by city personnel and says agencies cooperated well.

It says the city needs better ways to quickly notify other agencies when fire managers make key decisions, and that more personnel should be trained in logistics to support emergency responders.

It also suggests more people be trained in the command system used to respond to widespread disasters.

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