An illegal immigration is under arrest in Colorado, accused of purposely starting the Springs Fire that has destroyed numerous structures, burned tens of thousands of acres, and forced over 30,000 people to evacuate.
According to statistics released today by authorities, the Spring Fire has burned 56,868 acres as of Monday afternoon and is only 10 percent contained. Over 550 firefighters are working the blaze. The fire is moving so fast that the number of homes and structures destroyed is unknown.
Over the weekend, a man was arrested on arson charges, and stands accused of deliberately starting the fire. Authorities believe he likely started a number of smaller fires to jump-start the wildfire. He is not a United States citizen.
Jesper Joergensen is currently under arrest, and will be handed over to ICE after he pays for his crimes in Colorado. His nationality is not immediately known, but his name is a common Danish-Norweigian name.
The Daily Mail has more. Note: the size of the acres burned has updated since the report was filed.
A man was arrested on Saturday on charges of starting a forest fire in Colorado that has destroyed structures and forced hundreds to evacuate their homes in one of dozens of wildfires raging across the drought-hit U.S. southwest.
Jesper Joergensen, 52, was taken into custody last Saturday for the suspected arson that started the Springs Fire, according to Costilla County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
Joergensen is not a U.S. citizen and will be handed over to ICE once he has faced arson charges, said a Costilla County detention officer.
The officer could not immediately say what nationality Joergensen held.
The fire has scorched over 38,000 acres (15,378 hectares) between the towns of Fort Garland and La Veta in southern Colorado, forcing more mandatory evacuations of homes and ranches on Saturday in a mountainous area of public and private land.
This video shows one of the homes in the path of the Springs Fire in Colorado being destroyed. As you can see, high winds push the fire to consume the house within moments.
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