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Weed cutter caused fire

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said that the investigation into the Red Apple Fire has determined that the blaze was believed to be accidentally started by a weed-eater.

Allegedly, homeowners in the area were working in their yard with a weed-cutting device when one of the people set it down for a moment. The heat from the device sparked the dry weeds in the area, according to Vallario.

“It’s just unfortunate, the dry elements around here,” Vallario said.

The Sheriff’s Department will send the investigation report to the District Attorney’s Office this week to determine if possible criminal charges will be filled. Names were not released at this time.

The fire that started southwest of Rifle on Aug. 31 burned more than 800 acres and destroyed one home.

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