Sources: few details about cause expected at Waldo Canyon Fire news conference

Posted on: 9:51 pm, September 11, 2012, by

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — FOX31 Denver first reported Monday that investigators had determined an official cause of the Waldo Canyon fire.

Sources told reporter Justin Joseph the announcement was weeks away. Within a few hours, the announcement was set for Wednesday afternoon.

This confusion has frustrated some residents affected by the fire.

“It’s taken much longer than anyone expected. It’s odd,” said Colorado Springs resident Eddie Hurt.

The Waldo Canyon Fire killed two people and it’s the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. The cause of the fire is still largely a mystery as the cry for answers continues to grow.

“Maybe they’re waiting until they have more evidence,” said Hurt.

Law enforcement sources say they know two things, for certain, about the fire which destroyed hundreds of homes and killed two.

They know where the fire started, and they know someone started it.

They won’t say if they believe the fire was intentionally set, but you’ll find clues when you listen to the carefully chosen words from those on the investigating task force like the El Paso County District Attorney Dan May, who FOX31 Denver interviewed in early August.

“Arson fires are difficult to investigate,” May said.

The meeting Wednesday will be held inside the Colorado Springs police department by the head of the major crimes unit.

Sources say the update will be more of look inside the investigation and not a lot of details about the cause.