Three Colorado Springs residents are facing first degree arson charges, accused of leaving an unauthorized and unattended campfire that led to the Chateau Fire in Teller County.
The fire started on June 28th along 2 acres of forested land in the High Chateau subdivision. More than 1,400 acres, 8 homes and numerous outbuildings were lost as a result of the fire that is now 95% contained. All evacuations were lifted on Friday.
The Teller County Sheriff’s Office and arson experts from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), have been working to determine the cause of the blaze since it started.
23-year old David Michael Renfrow, 19-year old Keegan Patrick Owens, and a 17-year old old minor are all in custody. The Sheriff’s Office said more people could be charged in this investigation.
Each person is facing 4-8 years in prison and a $3000.00 to $750,000.00 fine.
Teller County residents and tourists who may be camping in the area are reminded that Stage III fire restrictions are in place. No open fires of any type are allowed in the unincorporated areas of Teller County.
— Teller Co Sheriff (@SheriffTeller) July 9, 2018