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Published: Wed, July 13, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Alabama campers arrested in connection with fire


Authorities now say a wildfire near Nederland in Boulder County has destroyed two more homes, for a total of five.

Authorities said Jimmy Andrew Suggs, 28, and Zackary Ryan Kuykendall, 26, started a campfire but "did not ensure that the fire was properly extinguished".

According to the court documents, the trio told investigators they had been camping in the area at different sites and reading their Bibles. Both air and ground personnel will work together to contain the existing fire perimeter.

Firefighters continue to fight the Cold Springs fire near Nederland today. Firefighters hoped to have it 25 percent contained by late Tuesday.In California, some 2,000 people had to flee their Santa Clarita Valley homes as the fast-moving wildfire grew closer, according to the Associated Press.

Homes in the surrounding areas experienced power outage. The two men, along with 20-year-old companion Elizabeth Burdeshaw, who was not charged, set up a campsite on private property near the Peak to Peak Highway and Cold Springs Road on Thursday night.

Resident Lee Kennedy was evacuated from her home on Ridge Road, but she got a glimpse of the fire before she left, the Boulder Daily Camera reported.

Farther west, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said two of its firefighters were killed and a third injured on Sunday in a single-vehicle accident outside Winnemucca, Nevada, while they were scouting for possible fires from lightning strikes. At the time of the call for assistance, Hurst said the fire had spread across roughly 200 acres.

Residents returning to their homes in the Magnolia area need to contact their utility provider to restart services if they were turned off, the Boulder County Office of Emergency Management said.

New evacuation orders have been issued for south and southeast of Barker Reservoir off Boulder Canyon Road, CBS News reports. That fire started on June 19 and now covers more than 22 square miles.

Overnight humidity is expected to slow the fire's growth and reduce its intensity, officials said.

Colorado's largest current wildfire has blackened more than 30 square miles of beetle-killed timber in the northwest part of the state near Wyoming.

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