Two weekends ago, three campers were on forest service land right next to Eleven Mile State Park. The trip was cut short by the group failing to extinguish a campfire.
Edward Kladny was charged for the crime, said Jason Clay, Colorado Parks and Wildlife public information officer. The other two campers were not charged, but the case is still open.
Over the weekend, wildlife officers in @ParkCounty & park rangers from Eleven Mile State Park were able to extinguish this unattended campfire. It escaped the fire pit & lit a nearby stump and grass on fire. Occupants of the camp were cited for failing to extinguish a campfire. pic.twitter.com/VnVrQbl2mX
— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) March 8, 2021
According to the state statute, leaving a fire unattended or failing to extinguish a fire can result in a fine ranging anywhere from $50-750. Alternatively, the person could be sentenced to six months in jail. There is also a chance they could receive both the fine and the time.
“It’s all up to the judge,” Clay said.
Fortunately, the fire didn’t spread into the surrounding area. It burned the grass after the snow melted away, and Clay said, “It could’ve been worse.” He said they were lucky given the snow on the ground.
The court hearing is set for May 11.
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