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Remains Found, Yet Most People Escaped Colorado Fire

Members of the Colorado National Guard man a road block near the suspected origin of the Marshall wildfire Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Members of the Colorado National Guard man a road block near the suspected origin of the Marshall wildfire Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
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Denver (AP) -- A late-season wildfire pushed by hurricane-force winds tore through two densely populated Denver suburbs and seemed destined to leave a trail of deaths. Yet, only two people were unaccounted for out of some 35,000 forced from their homes.

It’s a remarkably low number of possible casualties, according to disaster experts and authorities, all the more so because a public alert system did not reach everyone and the wintertime blaze caught many people off-guard.