Cold Springs Fire

Two men are suspected of starting the Cold Springs Fire near Nederland

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Two men from Alabama have been arrested and charged with a felony for their alleged role in starting the Cold Springs Fire, which has forced the evacuation of nearly 2,000 people near Nederland.

Jimmy Andrew Suggs, 28, and Zackary Ryan Kuykendall, 26, of Vinemont, Alabama, are accused of failing to ensure their campfire was extinguished. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has not said that their actions were intentional.

The charge – class 4 felony arson – is used in situations where someone “knowingly or recklessly” starts a fire that endangers other people.

The men were camping on private property on Thursday night, according to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. The wildfire was reported on Saturday afternoon. A woman who was with the men has not been charged because she reportedly had nothing to do with the fire.

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