Investigators in the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Forest Service have determined the Crystal Fire was started by the son of a property owner. Thomas Howie, 36, of Fort Collins will be charged with one count of 4th degree arson.
A wildfire that spread to over 4 square miles in northern Colorado is 95 percent contained.
Ashes where homes once stood — that’s all that remains of more than a dozen houses destroyed in the Crystal fire west of Fort Collins. Some homeowners lost everything.
A wildfire west of Fort Collins is now 90 percent contained.
Authorities now say a northern Colorado wildfire burned 13 structures, two fewer than they initially thought.
Firefighers are trying to fully contain a wildfire in Larimer County that started one week ago. On Saturday, firefighters are planning a burn out to stop the Crystal Fire ahead of changing weather.
Firefighters in Larimer County on Thursday were preparing to attack the Crystal Fire for the seventh straight day.
Cooler, wetter weather is helping crews fighting the Crystal Fire, a day after winds caused a flare-up that prompted the evacuation of 20 houses as a precaution.
Strong winds have grounded helicopters fighting a 5-square-mile Colorado wildfire that has destroyed about 15 houses.
A day after a wildfire tore through grass, trees and dozens of homes in Larimer County, Colorado’s governor declared a disaster and appointed state funds for the emergency effort.