Sheriff insists problems with wildfire warnings

A vehicle and other debris are left burned at a home along Kuehster Road in Conifer, Colo., on Thursday, March 29, 2012, where a wildfire broke out on Monday.(AP Photo/The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson)

A vehicle and other debris are left burned at a home along Kuehster Road in Conifer, Colo., on Thursday, March 29, 2012, where a wildfire broke out on Monday.(AP Photo/The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson)

CONIFER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities in Colorado say they're investigating problems with an emergency notification system because some residents who had signed up to get wildfire warnings never got one.

About 12 percent of people failed to get a warning about a wildfire on Monday. Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer said Friday that some of those people likely hung up because of the pause that precedes the automated message or their phone may have been busy.

He says there was no attempt to reach an unknown number of other people registered to get them.

The company that handles the system says it worked exactly as it should. The president of FirstCall Network Inc. didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Techmeyer says the county needs to find out more about what happened.
Associated Press
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