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

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

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

The fire has scorched over 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 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 on 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 officer. No injuries been reported.

Gusty winds, single-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 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.