Jesper Joergensen, 52, acknowledged building a fire on land where he has been living but said he made sure it was out.
"It's a very challenging fire, I'll be honest with you, with all the wind changes," said incident commander Shane Greer.
US 160 remains closed between Fort Garland and La Veta due to fire activity along the highway.
The orphaned bear cub is 4 or 5 months old and weighed just 10 pounds when she was rescued.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday the U.S. government would help pay the state's cost for fighting the fire.
It’s up to cities and towns across the state to make individual decision about fire danger.
The tourist attraction suspended service after a fire in the San Juan National Forest June 1.
The fire, which was reported early Wednesday, is zero percent contained.
Sen. Garnder, Sen. Bennet and Rep. Tipton introduced legislation that would make the act a federal crime.
A lack of rain and snow set up the perfect conditions for wildfires and intense drought.