Sheriff: Fire likely started at illegal camp site |

Sheriff: Fire likely started at illegal camp site

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Authorities are trying to determine if a wildfire that forced evacuations in Boulder and the foothills west of the city was started at an illegal camp site used by homeless people.

Investigators say they’ve found a couple campfire rings in the open space where they believe the fire started. But Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle (pell-ee) tells the Daily Camera the fire also could’ve been started by a cigarette or someone on a nearby bike path.

The fire that broke out Oct. 29 burned 84 acres and prompted the evacuations of more than 1,800 people in Boulder and the foothills.

The fire was near an area where a blaze in September scorched nearly 10 square miles and destroyed 169 homes.

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