An illegal immigrant has been arrested for starting a wildfire in Colorado. Police say that the arson charges against the illegal immigrant are due to the Spring Creek wildfire in southern Colorado that has destroyed homes and forced evacuations.
“The initial cause of the fire was human-caused,” the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday in announcing the arrest of Jesper Joergensen, 52, reported Fox News. He was taken into custody without incident. Reuters reported that Joergensen is not a U.S. citizen (he is a Danish national) and will be handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement once he has faced the charges against him. Deportation officers lodged an immigration detainer to hold Joergensen with the Costilla County Jail “following his arrest on criminal charges,” ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok said.
The Spring Creek fire has been burning east of Fort Garland in Costilla and Huerfano counties and has grown by more than 8,000 acres, reaching 41,292 acres as of Saturday evening, according to reporting by the Denver Post on Saturday. The wildfire was started Wednesday afternoon and it spread rapidly with the help of dry, hot, windy weather conditions, the paper reported. The fire has been moving so fast firefighters have been unable to tally the destruction to homes and buildings as of yet.
The fire was zero percent contained, the Denver Post reported. The Spring Creek fire was one of a dozen wildfires firefighters are battling across the state. “As you can see by the plumes behind us, it’s not a great day for firefighting,” one official said during a news conference addressing the dry conditions and extreme heat that has swept across the state of Colorado.