U.S. Forest Service in deep do-do over fire started by dung

Col Man
U.S. Forest Service in deep doo-doo over wildfire started by flaming cow dung

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - Authorities are investigating whether Forest Service workers can be charged with arson for a 365-hectare wildfire that was ignited after gusty winds carried flaming cow dung outside a controlled burn site.

Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck said he received several complaints from farmers and ranchers in the Pawnee National Grassland area, where the Forest Service was conducting a controlled burn of prairie weeds March 11.

Callers complained the fire shouldn't have been set because of high winds and the fire endangered farm property.

The sheriff's office this week agreed to investigate. District Ranger Steve Currey said Forest Service officials also are investigating.

Currey said the Forest Service will have to replace 14 power poles and a fence damaged in the fire.
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