Investigators find origin of Waldo Canyon Fire
Investigators have determined the Waldo Canyon Fire that roared into Colorado Springs suburbs last week was not caused by a lightning strike; there was no lightning in the area at the time. They have, however, pinpointed the place where the fire started — near a popular hiking trail — and are now combing the area for clues as to how the fire started. An interesting article in today’s Denver Post explains how investigators find a wildfire’s starting point, up to and including getting down “on their hands and knees, reading the baked-in tilt of the grass blades, something known as ‘foliage freeze,'” and finding items as small as a match on a mountainside. Then, with good detective work and a lot of luck, they may be able to track down the person or persons responsible.