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Fire Under Investigation

Contact: Shannon Cordingly, Public Information Officer, 970-376-7000 

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The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office was called to a wildland fire in cottonwood trees near the Eagle River Center building at the Eagle County Fairgrounds in Eagle, Colorado on Thursday June 10, 2010 at about 10:30 pm.  The fire burned approximately one quarter acre.  Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Gypsum Fire, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) / US Forest Service personnel and engines extinguished the fire.  No homes were damaged and no injuries were sustained.

Fire Investigators from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Greater Eagle Fire Protection District are investigating this human caused fire.  Alcohol containers were collected for evidence and fingerprint analysis.  The remains of a campfire ring was located in the burned area.

“The public is asked to be careful with fire,” Sheriff Joseph Hoy said.  “Eagle County looks green but warmer temperatures are drying out fuels rapidly.”

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from the public in locating the person(s) that may have started or abandoned this fire.  If you think you may have any information about the suspects or this crime, please call the Eagle County Sheriff's Office at (970) 328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at www.tipsubmit.com, or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637).  If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward from the Crime Stoppers.