Investigators know how Waldo Canyon Fire started
Waldo Canyon Fire. June 26, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A U.S. Forest Service report that will be made public identifies the cause of the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history.
Officials won’t release details now about how the Waldo Canyon Fire started, but it’s no secret there have been reports that it was human-caused.
The report won’t be made public until after community leaders in the Colorado Springs area are briefed about the findings.
U.S. Forest Service spokesman Steve Segin says there will be a press conference September 12 in Colorado Springs to release the information to the public.
The Waldo Canyon fire killed two people, so Colorado Springs police are conducting a homicide investigation into the deaths of 74-year-old William Everett and his wife, Barbara Everett, 73.
They were killed when flames destroyed their home in the Mountain Shadows subdivision June 27.
The fire destroyed 346 homes resulting in at least $352 million damage. It burned more than 18,000 acres.