Arson charges filed on Beaver Creek Fire
This summer, like every summer before it, saw wildfires breakout across the much of the western United States.
The Beaver Creek Fire, burning just north of Grand County in Jackson County, was one of the larger fires authorities were forced to contend with this year with the last reported official size of the fire calculated at 38,380-acres.
Earlier this month, on Oct. 21, officials from the Eighth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, covering Larimer and Jackson County, issued a press release confirming arson charges had been filed against a juvenile in connection with the Beaver Creek Fire. The name of the suspect in the case is not being released due to the suspect’s age and the press release from the District Attorney’s Office states the office, “will not be issuing any further information pertaining to this case.”
The Beaver Creek Fire was originally detected at around 12 p.m. noon on Sunday June 19. The initial fire outbreak was located roughly 24 miles northwest of Walden in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. The most recent update provided by the Federal Government’s Incident Information System InciWeb, issued in mid-October, states the fire was at 75 percent containment. Early updates from InciWeb and incident commanders working the fire, stated the expected containment date for the Beaver Creek Fire was Friday Oct. 21.
There have been no additional updates from InciWeb since the last updates in mid-Oct. and nothing additional following the passing of the estimated containment date on Oct. 21. The expansive size of the Beaver Creek blaze meant multiple state and federal agencies responded to the fire including firefighters from two of Grand County’s local fire protection districts: Grand Lake Fire and Grand Fire.
The Beaver Creek Fire burned through heavily timbered beetle kill pine forests on land managed by numerous federal and state agencies in both Colorado and Wyoming including: the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management Kremmling Field Office and Rawlins Field Office, the State of Colorado and the Wyoming State Forestry Division.
The Beaver Creek Fire destroyed a total of one residence and 16 minor structures.
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