Lower North Fork Fire report due Monday

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – Lawmakers will release preliminary findings regarding their investigation into the Lower North Fork Fire. On the eve of that report, a resident of one of the area’s hardest hit by the fire allowed FOX31 Denver exclusive access behind the fire lines.

A deputy still guards the Kuehster Road and checks every license plate, of every car, that enters. Vehicles that are not registered to properties in the area are not permitted.

Edgar Schneider lives up Kuehster Road and on Eagle Vista Drive.  He lives 100 yards from Sam and Linda Lucas, the couple who died in the fire. Schneider’s home was spared.

“That was a gift from God. It`s just one of those things. (It) was like Moses parting the fire. It just went around both sides of us,” said Schneider.

Schneider was one of the last people who spoke to the Lucas’ before they died.

“That`s when I talked to Sam and said ‘you getting ready to leave?’ He said oh yeah packing up waiting for the 911 call.”

Schneider says the 911 calls never came.

“That`s when one of the volunteer fireman came and said you guys got to go and that`s when we threw the last bit in and took off.”

We’ve learned Monday the governor will call for changes to the emergency notification system and to the rules regarding controlled burns.