The Latest: Colorado wildfire destroys more than 100 homes – Fox News
GUINDA, Calif. – The Latest on wildfires burning in the Western United States (all times local):
More than 100 homes have been destroyed by a Colorado wildfire that investigators say was started by an illegal campfire.
San Luis Valley Emergency tweeted Monday night that 104 homes have been destroyed so far by the wildfire east of Fort Garland. The blaze has burned 89 square miles (230 square kilometers) and forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 homes since last Wednesday.
According to court documents, 52-year-old Jesper Joergensen initially said he had started a fire to burn trash but then said he had been grilling in a permanent fire pit the day before the blaze began. Joergensen, who reported the wildfire, is from Denmark and has been living in the country illegally. It’s not clear if he has an attorney.
Authorities have ordered people in about 50 homes to evacuate because of a wildfire north of Bend, Oregon, in Warm Springs.
KTVZ-TV reports a smoldering fire near the former Warm Springs wood mill sparked a fire in high winds Monday afternoon that also shut down Highway 26 near the Deschutes River.
It wasn’t immediately known how much land had burned.
Warm Springs tribal assistant fire management officer William Wilson says the fire jumped the highway and was moving toward a neighborhood on the reservation where the evacuation notices were issued.
Other people in nearby homes have been told to be set to leave.
Wilson said the mill fire has been burning since last year in areas of sawdust and bark where firefighters typically don’t go because of associated hazards.
More homes and cabins are being evacuated due to a Utah wildfire near a popular fishing reservoir.
Duchesne County officials issued