HAXTUN, Colo. (CBS4) — A man has been arrested in connection with a fire in Logan and Phillips Counties that claimed the lives of hundreds of cattle along with other livestock.
The grass fire that started on March 6 also destroyed four homes. The blaze was contained the first night but it took about two days to fully extinguish the fire.READ MORE: Colorado Pauses Use Of Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine
Investigators quickly determined that the fire was caused by reckless human action and later identified Patrick Svoboda as the man who was welding on a metal feed trough in a dry cornfield on an extremely windy day.
That day there was also a Red Flag Warning in effect for the area which indicated there was a high fire danger.
The Logan County Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant for Svoboda, 39, on April 19 on charges of fourth-degree arson and reckless endangerment. Svoboda was later booked into the Logan County Jail without incident.
No humans were injured in the fire.READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: Counties Prepare Local COVID Dials As State COVID Dial Is Set To Expire
The fire started in Logan County and quickly spread west to Phillips County ahead of gusty winds.
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