Sheriff reviews response to Waldo Canyon Fire

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Journalists work in the media staging area as smoke billows from part of the Waldo Canyon fire on June 29, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. President Barack Obama on Friday declared a 'major disaster' in the western state of Colorado, where wildfires have destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The El Paso County Sheriff's Department is releasing a report on its response to a wildfire that killed two people and destroyed 347 houses in Colorado Springs last June. 

The report is scheduled to be made public Thursday after Sheriff Terry Maketa conducts a news conference. 

The Waldo Canyon Fire charred 28.5 square miles and forced nearly 29,000 people from their homes. 

Investigators said the fire was human-caused, but they still haven't determined whether it was intentional or accidental. City officials released their own self-evaluation this month. 

They identified several deficiencies, including inadequate food and water for some responders, confusion over the boundaries of evacuation areas and inadequate communications among some city employees. 

The report praised the planning and training by city personnel and said agencies cooperated well.

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