Jesper Joergensen Was Into Custody For Starting Colorado Wildfire. He was arrested on Saturday on charges of starting a forest fire in Colorado that has destroyed structures and forced hundreds evacuate their homes in one of the dozens of wildfires raging across the drought-hit U.S. southwest.

Jesper Joergensen, 52, was into custody for suspected arson that started the Springs Fire, the active of around 10 blazes in Colorado, the state hardest hit by fires, according Costilla County Sheriff’s Facebook page.

Joergensen is not a U.S. citizen and be handed over U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement he has faced arson charges, said a Costilla County detention officer. The officer could not immediately say nationality Joergensen held.
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The fire has scorched over 38,000 acres (15,378 hectares) between the towns of Fort Garland and La Veta in southern Colorado, forcing more evacuations of homes and ranches on Saturday in a mountainous area of public and private land. The fire continued grow, fueled by temperatures in the mid-80s Fahrenheit (27 Celsius) and had zero percent containment as of Saturday afternoon.

Air tankers and helicopters dropped fire retardant and water on the blaze. Authorities asked evacuated not fly drones check on their properties as the devices posed a danger aircraft and would force be grounded.

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

Gusty winds, single-digit humidity, and hot temperatures fueled the fires and could ignite new blazes in the U.S. West, the National Weather Service said in several warnings.

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

About 10 smaller wildfires were burning in New and three in Arizona, with much of the two states suffering extreme or exceptional drought conditions.

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