MANCOS, Colo. (CBS4)– Investigators tracing the origins of the Weber Canyon Fire buring near Mancos are questioning a person of interest in the case.

The person being questioned is a juvenile.

The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as the case evolves. It’s a joint investigation with the Bureau of Land Management Office of Law Enforcement and the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office.

The Weber Fire burning six miles south of Mancos in Montezuma County has burned 8,300 acres since it began June 22. It was 45 percent contained Thursday evening.

No homes have been destroyed but several subdivisions have been evacuated.

Operations Section Chief, Ed Waggoner stated, “Firefighters have made great progress in preparation for the burn-out on the north end, which we expect to do tomorrow. Completing the burn-outs will bring us much closer to full containment on this fire. With the number of fires burning in the west, it is important to wrap up this fire safely and efficiently, freeing up resources to help with other fires.”

Highway 160 and Mesa Verde National Park are open. County Road 41 is open south to County Road G. County Road 46 and the portion of County Road 41 south of County Road G are still closed.

The next community meeting is scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Mancos High School Performing Arts Auditorium.


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