FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Multiple Fires Human Caused
Highway 62 Outside Telluride
Contact: Susan Lilly, Public Information Officer 970-729-2028
July 3, 2017 -- (San Miguel County, CO) – San Miguel County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to Highway 62 outside Telluride for reports of multiple small brush fires Monday afternoon that were determined to be human caused and possibly intentionally set.
Deputies found evidence of at least eight small fires, the largest 20 feet x 20 feet, and the rest 5 feet x 5-10 feet, evenly spaced about fifty feet from each other, all on the north side of Highway 62 near mile marker 11, near Last Dollar Road.
The fires were extinguished by bystanders with fire extinguishers and dirt.
Station 3 Fire personnel of the Telluride Fire Protection also responded. It was determined the fires were obviously man caused but it could not be determined just how they were set.
Sergeant Mike Westcott said, “Anyone who saw anything suspicious in that area, or hears anyone bragging about this kind of activity, please call our Dispatchers (970-728-1911).”
Sergeant Westcott also is reminding everyone to be careful with any fires and that setting off private fireworks is not permitted.
The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office, located in Telluride, Colorado and established in 1883, serves 7,800 residents and countless visitors across the 1,288 square miles of San Miguel County. Sheriff Bill Masters has been serving as the county’s elected Sheriff since 1980.