Feb 19, 2014 9:35 PM by Joanne Glamm
BLACK FOREST - An independent investigation into management of the Black Forest fire by Fire Chief Bob Harvey is concluded.
The largest and most costly fire in Colorado history claimed two lives, destroyed nearly 500 homes, and scorched 14,000 acres between June 11-13, 2013.
News 5 learned today the Black Forest Fire/Rescue Board spent an estimated $50,000 on the investigation into decisions by the district's fire chief.
Last December, the district hired David Fischer, to conduct the investigation.
He is a retired watch commander/lieutenant for the Greenwood Village, Colorado, Police Department.
Fischer's seven-week investigation included approximately 60 interviews, the fire/rescue district reported today.
A summary of the nearly 90-page report was released to reporters and the public after the full report was reviewed by the Black Forest Fire/Rescue Protection District Board and its legal counsel this morning.
The report, in part, stated, "There is no evidence of any instance of professional misconduct on the part of Chief Harvey. His conduct was appropriate and proper."