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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The largest wildfire in Colorado, the 416 Fire, has charred almost 47,000 acres 13 miles (21 km) north of Durango in the southwest corner of the state, and is 37 percent contained, said public information officer Brandalyn Vonk.

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

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