MANCOS, Colo. - The juvenile accused of starting the $5 million Weber Fire in southern Colorado in June, has been charged with two counts of juvenile delinquency, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Land Management announced.
The fire burned over 10,000 acres of federal, state and private lands near Mancos.
Prosecutors said the juvenile, whose name was not released, gathered up leaves and underbrush around a bush, and using a Bic lighter, lit the underbrush causing it to burn and ignite the nearby timber.
The fire started June 22, it was declared contained on July 5.
The fire burned within one mile of a home and near Mesa Verde National Park.