Fmr. volunteer firefighter pleads guilty to starting wildfire

Elbert County fire (viewer imagine: Danielle Lucas)

Elbert County fire (viewer imagine: Danielle Lucas)

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ELBERT, Colo. — A former volunteer firefighter pleaded guilty to intentionally starting a wildfire last year.

Alex Averett worked with the Elbert Fire Protectio District in June 2012 when the Elbert wildfire started, said Lt. Michelle Mattive of the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office.

Monday he plead guilty to the class 3 felony. He will be sentenced September 16.

The Elbert wildfire started June 24 and burned for 18 days. At one point it forced the evacuation of the town of Elbert and surrounding areas.

The fire burned several hundred acres and required more than 100 firefighters to put out.

Authorities said they because suspicious of Averett after he started behaving oddly after the fire.

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