BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. -- Two men from Alabama have been arrested for allegedly starting the Cold Springs Fire, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office said Sunday. The men were arrested at the Nederland High School evacuation site.
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The sheriff's office said 28-year-old Jimmy Suggs and 26-year-old Zackary Kuykendall, both of Vinemont, Ala., have been charged with fourth-degree arson, a Class 4 felony.
The men face a felony arson charge because lives were endangered as a result of the fire.
Officials said fire investigators and sheriff's detectives were able to determine the origin of the fire was an ad hoc campsite near the Peak to Peak Highway and Cold Springs Road.
Investigators believe the two men, along with a female friend, were camping on private property and had a campfire overnight Thursday into Friday morning. The men did not ensure the fire was properly extinguished, officials said.
At that point, officials said they believe the winds in the area, combined with the hot, dry weather, allowed the fire to continue smoldering.
The men were booked at the Boulder County Jail. The female with them is not facing charges because investigators said she had nothing to do with starting or maintaining the camp fire.
Karen Antonacci with the Boulder Daily Camera interviewed the two men and the woman with them the day before they were arrested.