Fire Investigators: Kids May Have Started Blaze Destroying 56 Acres

By: Courtney Hayes
By: Courtney Hayes

Fire officials are investigating the cause of a wildfire that destroyed more than 50 acres of land in Fountain Monday afternoon. It took seven fire districts and the Division of Forestry two and half to put out the blaze.

It started shortly afternoon, just 15 minutes after the fire danger level was raised to high. Fire investigators say the blaze may have been started by some kids who were playing in the wooded area.

Two homes stood inches away from the fire. Fortunately, they weren't damaged and no one was hurt.

"In an hour and a half it went from three to four acres to 56 acres destroyed. That's what happens when you have extremely low humidity, and the relative humidity was at 24 percent, plus we had strong gusts of wind. It didn't end up being a major wildfire, but it had the potential to be one," says Bob Rhea from the Division of Forestry.


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