Police still seek person responsible for Waldo Canyon Fire: Reward has grown to $100,000


It's been more than seven months and investigators still don't know who is responsible for starting the Waldo Canyon Fire.

The Waldo Canyon Task Force is continuing to seek information for who started the fire which began on June 23. Investigators have determined the fire was human caused but do not know if the fire was accidental or intentionally set.

The reward for information to the identification and possible arrest of who is responsible has grown to $100,000. The Colorado Springs Police Department is asking that anyone with information about a possible suspect call 719-385-2222.

The Waldo Canyon Fire forced the evacuation of thousands on the west and northwest sides of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Cascade, Crystola, Green Mountain Falls, Crystal Park, Woodland Park and the United States Air Force Academy. Thousands more were put on a pre-evacuation notice. The fire raged out of control on June 26 burning 346 homes in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, including the historic Flying W Ranch. Two people lost their lives.

A total of 18,247 acres were burned and the fire is considered the most destructive in Colorado history.

A separate reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of anyone involved in the burglaries of homes and vehicles in the evacuation areas.

Two suspects have been arrested so far and have gone to trial for their involvement in burglarizing homes in the evacuation area. The jury returned guilty verdicts on Feb. 5 for Belinda Wells-Yates and Shane Garrett, both 38. Each is facing 48 years in prison. Fourth Judicial District Attorney Dan May prosecuted the two.


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