Firefighters in Colorado and Arizona had a good weekend, making significant gains on wildfires in those states: In Colorado, officials said the Hewlett fire should be contained by Tuesday; in Arizona, two of four wildfires were listed at 95% contained.
The Hewlett fire, about 20 miles from Fort Collins, was 87% contained, officials reported Monday. The fire, which began May 14, has so far burned 7,685 acres.
At its peak last week, more than 500 personnel had battled the blaze along with two planes and five helicopters.
Officials said a camper started the fire with an alcohol outdoor stove in the Roosevelt National Forest. The camper contacted the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office to say he started the fire.
That camper, James J. Weber of Fort Collins, was given a citation and faces a $300 fine plus a processing fee. The Forest Service will also pursue Weber for restitution, officials said.