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Teens accused of starting Aspen fires

ASPEN ” Two teenage boys are accused of starting two separate small wildfires on Monday.

The boys, who haven’t been identified because of they are under 18, have not been arrested but their cases will be referred to the district attorney, Sgt. Bill Linn said.

They were identified by an off-duty police officer who recognized them from witness descriptions.

“We have identified the people involved, and by doing that we don’t think we have to worry about that behavior being repeated,” Linn said.

The first small fire broke out Monday afternoon and was quickly put out by someone with a shirt and a fire extinguisher. The second was reported shortly after that that the Aspen Center of Environmental Studies and staffers and firefighters kept it from spreading much.

Fire chief Darryl Grob believes the second fire was started by fireworks because of the spacing between the ignition points. It’s not clear whether fireworks also started the first fire.

The dry conditions led Breckenridge to cancel its Fourth of July fireworks show. The public fireworks display in nearby Frisco, staged over Lake Dillon Reservoir, was still scheduled for Wednesday.

In southwestern Colorado, a 50-acre fire was being allowed to burn in spruce-fir forest in the Weminuche Wilderness near Vallecito Creek, said Pamella Wilson, spokeswoman for the San Juan Public Lands Center. Fire managers observed it from the air Wednesday and said it was spreading to the east.

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