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Gazette Premium Content What started the Black Forest fire? One rumor put to rest

By Ryan Handy Published: July 10, 2013

I spent several hours out in the Black Forest on Tuesday, and heard from several residents a couple of pretty shocking rumors: That the Black Forest fire was started by flare guns. And, that the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office had arrested three teenagers in connection with the fire’s start.

This morning, Lt. Jeff Kramer, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, debunked these rumors. “I can assure you that’s not true,” he said of both the flare gun and arrest stories I heard.

The sheriff’s office has made no arrests in connection with the fire’s start on June 11.  The Black Forest fire went on to become the state’s most destructive wildfire, which destroyed 486 homes, killed two people and burned over 14,000 acres. There has been no official announcement of the cause.

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