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Illegal immigrants arrested for starting forest fire in Colorado, police say

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Colorado wildfire may be started by illegal immigrant

Officials say the suspect is in the country illegally and will be handed over to ICE.

An illegal immigrant is arrested on arson charges in connection with the Spring Creek wildfire in southern Colorado that has destroyed homes and forced evacuations.

“The first cause of the fire was human caused,” the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday in announcing the arrest of Jesper Joergensen, 52.

Mugshot for Jesper Joergensen, 52.

(Costilla County Sheriff’s Office)

He was taken into custody without incident.

Reuters reported that Joergensen is not a U.S. citizen and will be handed over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after he was confronted with the allegations against him.

Deportation officers lodged an immigration detainer to keep Joergensen with the Costilla County Jail “after his arrest on criminal charges,” ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok told Fox News Sunday.

The Spring Creek Fire has raged of Costilla County, Colorado.

(Costilla County Sheriff’s Office)

Joergensen is a Danish national, he said.

The Spring Creek fire burning east of Fort Garland in Costilla and Huerfano county and has grown with more than 8,000 acres, reaching from 41,292 acres of Saturday evening, the Denver Post Saturday reported.

The fire has led to mandatory evacuations.

Photo shows an emergency vehicle, June 27, during efforts to the Spring Creek Fire.

(Costilla County Sheriff’s Office)

The wildfire began Wednesday afternoon and quickly spread with the help of hot, dry, windy weather, the paper reported. The fire spread so quickly, firefighters are not to count, the destruction of houses and buildings.

As of Saturday morning, the fire was zero percent contained, the paper reported.

The Spring Creek fire was one of a dozen fires, the firefighters will compete in the entire state.

 

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