Officials Say Cause of Waldo Canyon Fire Determined

The cause of Colorado's most destructive wildfire will soon be released.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The cause of Colorado's most destructive wildfire will be released next month, said U.S. Forest Service spokesperson Steve Segin.

Sources tell CALL7 Investigators the fire is human caused.

No information was released on possible suspects.

Segin said the U.S. Forest Service wants to brief community leaders first about the cause and then release it to the public.

He said the final draft of the investigation was completed earlier this week.

The Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed nearly 350 homes and scorched more than 18,000 acres. Two people also died in the fire.

Segin said more would be revealed at a Sept. 12 news conference to be held in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs police are also doing a homicide investigation into the deaths of 74-year-old William Everett and his wife, Barbara Everett, 73. The couple died in their Mountain Shadows home when the flames came over the ridge into their neighborhood on June 27.

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