Camper cited for starting Hewlett fire


GavelFrom the U.S. Department of Justice:





John F. Walsh, United States Attorney, District of Colorado


May 18, 2012

FOREST SERVICE ISSUES CITATION TO PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR HEWLETT GULCH FIRE DENVER – The U.S. Forest Service has issued a citation under 36 CFR Section 261.5 (causing timber, trees, slash, brush or grass to burn except as authorized by permit) to James J. Weber of Fort Collins, Colorado for starting the Hewlitt Gulch Fire. Weber faces a $300 fine plus a $25 processing fee. The Forest Service will also pursue Weber for restitution.

According to U.S. Forest Service investigators, Weber was camping on the Hewlett Gulch trail. While camping he used a camp stove which uses alcohol. On Monday, May 14, 2012, the camp stove Weber was using started the Hewlett Gulch Fire. Weber attempted to stomp out the fire, but was unsuccessful. He fled as the fire spread. Weber later reported that he started the fire to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. There is no cell service at the location of the origin of the fire.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills. Google+

1 thought on “Camper cited for starting Hewlett fire”

  1. My first day with the US Forestry starts Monday it’s a job I have dreamed of and finally got.Its so great to see god work it’s majic.Please campers becarful the men and woman who put there lives on the line fighting these fires will appreciate it.

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