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FBI to Probe Cause of Colorado Wildfires

By Patrick Hobin   |   Thursday, 28 Jun 2012 04:37 PM

The Federal Bureau of Investigation will investigate the cause of a Colorado wildfire that has burned homes and forced 30,000 people to evacuate, the Denver Post reported.

The fire, which is burning out of control in the mountains and within Colorado's second-largest city, Colorado Springs, forced more than 30,000 people to flee.

"The FBI Denver Division is working closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement to determine if any of the wildland fires resulted from criminal activity," FBI spokesman Dave Joly wrote in an e-mail statement to The Denver Post. "FBI personnel are supporting command post operations in the fire regions and offering assistance with managing the volumes of information related to these tragic events."

Recent fires have apparently set by an arsonist in a neighboring county, the Post reported. Authorities have yet to provide theories on how the Waldo Canyon fire started.

The fire burned 10 acres along the boundary of the Air Force Academy campus and Academy officials said they were relocating hundreds of cadets as a result, Fox News reported.

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