Reports: Black Forest Fire intentionally set

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Black Forest Fire appears to have been intentionally set, according to a report from KRDO TV in Colorado Springs.

The report quotes Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey as saying "Yes, it was human caused and appears intentional."

The station provided no additional details and efforts to confirm the report were unsuccessful late Wednesday night.

Harvey also also told KKTV  that the Black Forest Fire may be linked to several small fires that happened at Fox Run Park in July.

The location of the fire's origin was determined last June, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.  It started east of Highway 83 along Shoup Road.

The Black Forest Fire started on the afternoon of June 11. In the nine days before it was fully contained, the fire killed two people, destroyed 511 homes and consumed 14,280 acres.

Two people, Marc Herklotz, 52, and his wife Robin Herklotz, 50, were killed in the fire, as they raced to escape the flames.  Flames overtook their garage as they were packing their car.

The fire cost more than $85 million, and is considered to be the most destructive fire in the state's history.

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