Wednesday, October 4, 2000
South Routt Lab results that could lead investigators to the cause of a fire on Lynx Pass in May haven't been completed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and the lead investigator isn't speculating on when they will be ready.
On Sept. 14, Sheriff John Warner expected to hear from CBI in a week but there has been no word from the organization, and when the results will come back is unknown, lead investigator Rachelle Redmond said.
"I can't speak for CBI; they're on their own time," she said.
Redmond wouldn't comment about the evidence. In September, Warner said the lab results, which will come from evidence taken from the fire, could give the Routt County Sheriff's Office substantial proof on who started the fire and if charges should be brought against that person or persons.
Potentially, the sheriff is looking at some degree of arson as the charge.
Officials had originally identified an area on the land of Eugene Germain to be the origin of the fire and theorized it was probably someone burning brush. If that proves to be the case, accidentally starting a wildfire could bring a criminal charge of fourth-degree arson, Warner said.
The fire ultimately burned about 100 acres of land in the Horseback subdivision on Lynx Pass, where at least 80 people own undeveloped lots. It also burned a large stand of trees on Lou and Lydia DeQuine's ranch.
Fighting the fire cost $10,446, Routt County officials said.
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