Authorities in Colorado arrested an illegal alien Saturday who they accuse of starting a series of wildfires that destroyed over 38,000 acres of land.
Jesper Joergensen, 52, was arrested and charged with arson. The blaze he reportedly set led to a wildfire that has raged across Spring Creek in Costilla County, Colorado, Breitbart reports.
The Spring Creek Fire grew by about 7,000 acres Saturday to bring the size up to 41,292 acres. We don’t have a product from an overnight mapping flight due to clouds that obscured most of the fire, trapping the heat signatures that would normally be detected by sensors on the aircraft.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered on June 30 for the area north and east of Trinchera Ranch Road, and south of Highway 160 in the Fort Garland area. There is an evacuation shelter at the Blanca Fort Garland Community Center.
As the fire expands over a larger area, the command and control becomes more difficult. To mitigate this, a second IMT has been mobilized.
The current IMT, with Incident Commander Shane Greer, explained how this will work:
This increased staffing and additional management will allow fire managers to continue implementing strategies and tactics that prioritize firefighter and public safety while working to protect values at risk. Tomorrow, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Blue will arrive and begin coordinating with Team Black management to ensure a successful transfer of information. It is expected that, on Monday, the fire will be split into two separate management areas. The current Team Black will remain in command of all fire areas south of Highway 160. The incoming Team Blue will take command of all fire areas north of Highway 160. The two teams will work in very close coordination to ensure the public continues receiving accurate and consistent information. Wild Fire Report
Jesper Joergensen, 52, was arrested and charged with arson.
The Costilla County Sheriff’s Office reported that the suspect is not a legal U.S. citizen but could not say from what country the suspect is from.
He doesn’t look like any Mexicans that I know.
Toss him in a cage for life- he’s useless.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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