Police Say An Illegal Immigrant Responsible For Starting The Highly Destructive Fire
Fire Rages On In Southern Colorado. Police Have arrested a 51-year-old man for causing the blaze as firefighters still struggle to get it under control.
Officials have now shut down the Pike-San Isabel National Forest and new evacuations are in place for people in Navajo Ranch, Majors ranch and homes along County Road 530 and south to highway 160. The flames have destroyed homes but it’s unclear how many.
Crews say the steep rocky terrain and a large number of dead trees all making for a very difficult firefight.
According to The Hill, An illegal alien residing in Colorado has been arrested for arson after authorities charged him with starting a forest fire that has destroyed more than 40,000 acres of land within the state, reports The Daily Caller.
Jesper Jorgensen, nationality unknown, was arrested by the Costilla County police department but will be handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement according to officials. Jorgensen, aged 52, was tracked down by Costilla County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), state arson investigators, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE).
Authorities did not give any information as to how exactly they determined that he started the fire.
Roughly 215 firefighters are battling the inferno, which is located about three hours south of Denver. Aerial firefighting efforts are also being used as conditions permit. The county also announced Saturday a slew of pre-evacuation orders for Huerfano County and other nearby areas.
The fire Joergensen allegedly started is one of several fires that are rumbling across the state amid dry, hot and windy conditions. A lightning strike sparked the Sugarloaf Fire in the Williams Fork Range near Silverthorne, Colorado – it has consumed more than 1,300 acres of land.
A massive fire burning near Durango in southwestern Colorado broke out June 1 and has charred more than 73 square miles, local reports note. It’s only 37 percent contained and remains under investigation.