Retiree's fence blamed for starting Galena Fire

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- A retired nuclear physicist who has been blamed for starting a wildfire that burned part of Lory State Park says he will be more careful with his home projects.

The Coloradoan reports ( George Rinker was tinkering with his homemade electric fence when the Galena Fire ignited last month, forcing hundreds from their homes west of Fort Collins. Investigators say the spark that started the fire leapt from an 18-inch PVC pipe with two wires coming out. The fire spread onto almost 1,350 acres before it was contained

Prosecutors have determined the blaze was accidental.

Firefighters have been to Rinker's home before. A report released Wednesday from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office says firefighters went to Rinker's home in 2009, after embers from a controlled burn at his home spread.

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