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

Firefighters work to stop spread of wildfire near Nederland


Jimmy Andrew Suggs, 28, and Zackary Ryan Kuykendall, 26, have been charged with fourth-degree Arson for allegedly starting a wildfire in Boulder that crews were struggling to get under control Monday, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's office.

They face felony arson charges because lives were endangered as a result of the fire.

A plane drops retardant while battling the Cold Springs Fire near Nederland, as viewed from Sugarloaf, Colo., Sunday, July 10, 2016. The fire has forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people.

'The investigation into the Cold Springs Fire is ongoing, although additional arrests are not anticipated, ' he said.

Both men have been booked and lodged at the Boulder County Jail.

The so-called Cold Springs fire has blackened 600 acres, torched five houses and several outbuildings was continuing to burn unchecked as of Monday morning, Boulder County spokeswoman Gabi Boerkircher said.

Cooler temperatures will make firefighting a little more comfortable for crews battling the Cold Spring fire, but humidity is still low and winds are predicted to be erratic.

The two men were camping with a female companion, Elizabeth Burdeshaw, 20, also of Vinemont. The fire that started on Saturday spread quickly, and it scorched over 500 acres as it moved to the northeast, with no containment.

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said evacuations won't be lifted because of the weather forecast, with hot weather and high winds making it too unsafe.

Meanwhile, people evacuated from 700 homes due to a fire burning in Los Angeles County were able to return Sunday. More than 200 firefighters were deployed to fight the flames, aided by about a dozen aircraft.

New evacuation orders have been issued for south and southeast of Barker Reservoir off Boulder Canyon Road, CBS News reports.

Crews were working fire lines around the blaze that has burned about 19 square miles.

The fire began about 1:45 p.m. Saturday from what officials say was a poorly extinguished campfire. According to the Incident Information System officials note that, "predictions of fire growth indicate the potential for significant structure and infrastructure loss".

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