Fort Collins Man James J. Weber Cited For Causing Hewlett Fire With Camp Stove

 @LauraMatt
on May 18 2012 5:31 PM

A Fort Collins man is being blamed for the Hewlett Fire in Colorado, which authorities say started from an alcohol-fueled camp stove. Fifteen homes have been evacuated and more than 7,600 acres of land have been burned so far. The fire is only 11 percent contained.

Federal authorities cited James J. Weber, 56, because he caused timber to burn without a permit, the United States Attorney's Office in Colorado told the media via statement.

Weber is facing a fine of up to $325 and fees for the citation. The federal government will also go after him for civil restitution, according to the Denver Post.

The Hewlett Fire started on Monday when Weber was camping on the Hewlett Gulch Trail, using an alcohol-fueled stove.

Authorities said Weber tried to stamp out the fire but had to flee when the flames spread.

According to the Post, Weber told Larimer County sheriffs that he was responsible for stating the blaze.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order declaring an emergency that has made $3 million in state funds available to suppress the fire.

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