Sheriff disputes claims by Black Forest fire chief

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The El Paso County sheriff is disputing statements by Black Forest fire chief Bob Harvey that a wildfire that destroyed more than 500 homes and killed two people in June was caused by humans and "likely intentional."

Sheriff Terry Maketa issued a statement on Thursday calling the comments "unqualified."

Harvey told KKTV-TV he has been working with investigators and this was the conclusion they had reached over the past few weeks.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said several weeks after the fire there was no evidence the fire was deliberately set, but it could not be ruled out completely.


You must be logged in to post comments.

Username:
Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:
KKCO NBC 11 News
2531 Blichmann Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81505

Station Phone: 970.243.1111
Business Fax: 970.243.1770
Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793
News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 232820611 - nbc11news.com/a?a=232820611
Gray Television, Inc.