FORT GARLAND — A suspect has been arrested in connection with the Spring Fire, which is still listed as zero contained and at 38,136 acres as of the 1 p.m. briefing on Saturday.
The suspect who was apprehended by Costilla County deputies without incident was Jesper Jorgensen. Multiple agencies assisted in the investigation and his arrest.
When Costilla County Undersheriff Ricky Rodriguez announced to the evacuees at the Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center on Saturday that a suspect had been apprehended, there was applause from the crowd.
Rodriguez and others speaking to the group also stressed that the fire area is still off limits, and anyone going into that area will be charged.
“It’s not safe,” they said. There are downed power lines and propane tanks and other hazardous materials creating unsafe conditions in the burn area, they said.
They also said drones are forbidden over the fire area. As the briefing was going on, Rodriguez received a text that a drone was spotted in the fire area.
Incident Commander Shane Greer said drones fly at the same elevation as the helicopters and other aircraft that are fighting the fire, and if they come in contact with a drone, they could crash, so if drones are flying in an area, the firefighting aircraft will be grounded for safety.
Other highlights of the Saturday briefing included:
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Fire-related community information for Costilla County: 719-480-8719.