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WALDO CANYON FIRE: Forest Service has no date for releasing cause

By: RYAN MAYE HANDY
August 31, 2012
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The U.S. Forest Service said Friday afternoon that a date has not been set for the release of information about the cause of the Waldo Canyon fire.

Reports on Thursday of a Sept. 12 news conference in Colorado Springs were erroneous, said Forest Service spokesman Dan Steinke.

The Forest Service is merely one part of the multi-agency task force investigating the cause of the fire, which ignited in El Paso County on June 23. There has been no further information about the cause of the fire from members of the task force, which include Colorado Springs police, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and District Attorney's Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Steinke has been given no indication of when the cause of the fire will be discussed with the public, he said on Friday.

"They're keeping it really close to the vest," he said of the task force.

He said communication about the investigation results had been vague, so much so that Steinke could not rule out a natural cause of the fire.

"So, we're back to square one," he said.

But, fire investigators have said that there has been no question of human involvement in the fire since the investigation started months ago. The question remaining, they said, was whether or not the fire was an act or arson or accidental.

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