Colorado Springs and Teller County wildfires, May 12-13
Authorities have arrested a man in connection with the so-called Akerman fire in Colorado Springs.
The police department says the fire was started by smoldering ashes from a resident's fire pit. Joshua Scott Allen was arrested and charged with "Firing Woods or Prairie," a class 6 felony.
May 12 wildfire updates: Multiple wildfires in Colorado Springs spur evacuations, burn 8 structures at a mobile home park
The fire broke out around 11:30 Thursday morning in the 6700 block of Akerman Drive on the city's east side, prompting mandatory evacuations.
The fire affected 25 acres. Evacuation orders were lifted by 4 p.m. No structures were lost, although about 20 homes were damaged as a result of the fire.
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