Teller fires accidental

While no smoke was visible from the nearly contained Springer Fire in Park County, the plume of smoke from the Waldo Fire could be easily seen from Teller County Road 1 just hours after it started on June 23. Photo by Norma Engelberg
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Contrary to rumors flying around Teller County, several fires on rural county land the week of June 17 were not the result of arson. “They were all accidental, reported quickly and put out quickly,” said Sgt. Marc Porcelli. The fires were all in the vicinity of county roads 1, 12, and 121.

One was caused by a generator running, another by a machine moving dirt, rocks and small boulders. “The machine sparked a spark,” he said.

The third was started by kids who, frightened by the smoke from a fire pit, attempted to put out the fire but instead re-ignited the blaze with flying embers, Porcelli said.

In Teller County, the week of June 24 has been much calmer, with no fires reported.

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