BACA COUNTY, Colo. (KVII) — Officials in Colorado say they believe Wednesday's fire at the Oklahoma/Colorado state line was caused by a negligent smoker.
According to the Baca County Sheriff's Office, who assisted with the fire, the investigation into the fire has led officials to believe that a smoldering cigarette was thrown from a vehicle or dropped by someone who stopped near the sign at the state line on Highway 287,
Throwing trash from a motor vehicle while traveling can lead to criminal charges. Also, disposing of a cigarette that is the proximate cause of a fire can lead to arson and other criminal charges.
"It's unfortunate how many fires are caused every year by motorists throwing cigarettes out of their car," Baca County Sheriff Aaron Shiplett said. "I want to remind people of the possible penalties for doing so and express how dangerous it is. Yesterday many people, animals, property, homes and emergency crews were placed at great risk because of someone's carelessness."
Anyone who may have information on a suspect in this case is asked to call the Baca County Sheriff's Office at (719) 523-4511.