"The March 2012 Lower North Fork wildfire outside Denver was among the most destructive in Colorado history, killing three people, leaving dozens homeless and causing more than $11 million in property damage.
Marshall Zelinger and Amanda Kost, investigative reporters for KMGH, Scripps’ ABC affiliate in Denver (DMA 17), exposed government failures in handling the fire from the start. In addition to covering the fire itself, the pair delved deeper into the story behind the blaze, poring through documents and reports in between press conferences, tweeting news at it emerged.
Zelinger and Kost worked exclusively on the fire for weeks, spending excruciatingly long hours uncovering breakdowns in the system time and again.
Between them, they reported three dozen or so fire-related stories over five weeks, breaking stories that showed how the fire, which started as a Forest Service-prescribed burn, would not have turned deadly had officials followed procedures to keep it under control. On top of it, they produced a 30-minute special, Investigating the Fire, which featured original rather than repackaged content, with just slightly more than a week’s notice."
"As this story develops learn more by following it on Twitter, where news outlets are increasingly turning to release details as they emerge. Here's where to turn:
Local Reporters: Amanda Kost, 7News"