Jesper Joergensen Was Taken Custody Starting Wildfire. He was arrested Saturday charges of starting a forest fire that has destroyed forced to evacuate homes one of dozens of wildfires raging across drought-hit . southwest.

Jesper Joergensen, 52, was taken custody arson that started Springs Fire, of around 10 blazes , state hardest hit by fires, to Costilla County Sheriff’s page.

Joergensen is a . citizen be handed to . Immigration Customs Enforcement he has faced arson charges, said a Costilla County detention officer. officer immediately say nationality Joergensen held.

The fire has scorched 38,000 acres (15,378 hectares) between the towns of Fort Garland Veta in southern Colorado, forcing evacuations of homes and ranches Saturday in a mountainous area of public and private . The fire continued to grow, fueled by temperatures in the mid-80s Fahrenheit (27 Celsius) and had zero containment as of Saturday afternoon.

Air tankers and helicopters dropped fire retardant and the blaze. Authorities asked evacuated to fly drones to check properties as the posed a danger to aircraft and would force to be grounded.

An unknown of were consumed by the fire, said Bethany , a public information officer. No injuries been reported.

Gusty winds, -digit humidity, and hot temperatures fueled the fires and ignite blazes in the U.S. West, the National said in several .

The largest wildfire in Colorado, the 416 Fire, has charred almost 47,000 acres 13 miles ( km) north of Durango in the southwest corner of the state, and is 37 contained, said public information officer Brandalyn Vonk.

10 smaller wildfires were burning in Mexico and in , of the states suffering extreme drought conditions.

All but the northeastern corner of Colorado is experiencing moderate to drought conditions, to the U.S. Drought , an agency of the U.S. of Agriculture.