Man says he started Skipper Island Fire

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- “I was headed to camp and I made a bathroom stop and I was lighting some TP, something I’ve done a thousand times, and I wasn't paying attention,” said Mike Mewborn.

He says all it took was seconds.

Before he knew it, a small fire to burn toilet paper, turned into a nearly 220-acre wildfire. That’s the latest estimate of the size from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office on Friday.

"About 15 seconds of inattention was all it took and it couldn't get it under control. So I called 911 and met them at the interstate. By the time they mobilized in it was a pretty good blaze,” said Mewborn.

All it took was 15 seconds of not paying attention.

Mike Mewborn says he feels completely responsible and wants to help restore what's been scorched.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says camping is not allowed in the Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area, where the fire started near Interstate 70.

As of our last check, the sheriff's office has not filed any charges.

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