Evidence of fireworks found at Vail Valley fire
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Remains of fireworks and a leaking propane tank with bullet holes in it have been found at the scene of Sunday’s wildfire north of Wolcott, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says.
The fire, to which authorities were called around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, burned about a acre of federal land about six miles up Horse Mountain Road north of Wolcott. Witnesses told investigators they saw campers in the area and a green Jeep Cherokee with a large push bar on the front leaving the scene, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says.
Witnesses also saw two males in their 20s in the area before the fire, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says.
The fire was extinguished by BLM/US Forest Service and Greater Eagle Fire Protection District and no homes were damaged and no injuries sustained. But authorities are asking people to be careful with fire. Eagle County looks green but warmer temperatures are drying out trees and brush rapidly.
Fireworks are illegal on federal land year round.
If you think you may have any information about the suspects or this crime, call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at 970-328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at http://www.tipsubmit.com, or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637). If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward from the Crime Stoppers.