An illegal alien residing in Colorado has been arrested for arson after authorities charged him with starting a forest fire that has destroyed more than 40,000 acres of land within the state, reports The Daily Caller.
Jesper Jorgensen, nationality unknown, was arrested by the Costilla County police department but will be handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement according to officials. Jorgensen, aged 52, was tracked down by Costilla County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), state arson investigators, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE). . .
ABC News reports that the “fire is currently burning in a rural, mountainous region in southern Colorado near Great Sand Dunes National Park.” Yesterday, residents were ordered to evacuate their homes.
The blaze has consumed 41,292 acres of land. Authorities are having a difficult time controlling the fire due to non-ideal weather conditions. . .
For those seeking shelter, the Pueblo Chieftain reports that “Two evacuation centers were accepting evacuees overnight, the first at the Huerfano Community Center and the second at the Blanca Fort Garland Community Center. Evacuation centers for animals also were set up at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds and the 4-H barn in La Veta.” (Read more from “Illegal Alien Arrested for Starting Massive Colorado Forest Fire” HERE)