Black Forest Fire Report Complete

July 30, 2014

Sheriff Maketa and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office are very pleased to announce we have completed the investigation into the cause and origin of the Black Forest Fire.

On Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division submitted the completed Black Forest Fire investigation to the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Last week, the Sheriff's Office received the final remaining report from the US Forest Service. This was the last piece needed to complete our investigation.

Printed out, the completed report fills over eight 3” three ring binders and includes thousands of pages of reports including forensic analysis, interviews, photographs, timelines and reports from numerous agencies, both Law Enforcement and Fire Personnel.

With this submission of the completed report on the investigation, the case is now in the hands of the District Attorney's Office to review and determine if any violations of the law may apply. Additionally, this is still cosidered an active investigation and the report will not be released at this time.

Sheriff Maketa would like to personally thank all of our partner agencies who contributed to the effort, including the United States Forest Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Black Forest Fire Department, the Colorado Springs Fire Department, the Donald Wescott Fire Department, and the Tri Lakes Fire Department.

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