$100,000 reward still unclaimed in Waldo Canyon Fire -- most destructive fire in Colorado history

Investigators trying to ID who started deadly fire

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Seven months after the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, authorities stressed Monday that a $100,000 reward is still available for information identifying whoever started the Waldo Canyon Fire.

Called a "firestorm of epic proportions" by Colorado Springs Fire Chief Richard Brown, the Waldo Fire erupted June 23 in the foothills of El Paso and Teller counties.

Driven by high winds, the inferno killed two people, destroyed more than 346 homes and scorched nearly 29 square miles. At one point, the firestorm forced the evacuation of more than 32,000 residents.

Investigators determined the fire was caused by human means, but it remains unknown if it was intentionally or accidentally set, said Barbara Miller, spokeswoman for the Colorado Springs Police Department.

The $100,000 reward is offered for information leading to the identification and, if warranted, the arrest of the person, or persons, responsible for causing the Waldo Canyon Fire. 

The Colorado Springs Police Department asked anyone who has suspect information to please call 719-385-2222. Miller said this is the only number people can call to receive a reward. Callers will be required to leave their name and contact number. 

Additionally, there is separate reward money available for information that leads to the identification and arrest of persons involved in home and vehicle burglaries in the wildfire evacuation area.

An investigator will follow up with each person who leaves a message, police said.

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