Early indications suggest Colorado’s most destructive wildfire wasn’t intentionally set.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office says neither a dog nor specialized equipment have been able to detect an obvious signs of accelerants in the wooded area where the Black Forest Fire started. In a statement Wednesday, however, the office says its use can’t be ruled out completely.
The fire destroyed over 500 homes and killed two people.
Investigators are considering a number of intentional or accidental causes, including sparks from machinery and hot components on motors and exhaust systems.
The sheriff’s office issued the statement following television coverage of investigators entering a home that had reportedly been undergoing renovations. Officials say they’ve executed multiple search warrants and that activities spotted at any one home doesn’t mean there’s stronger interest in it.
Was this article valuable?
Here are more articles you may enjoy.