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Fatal Car Accident Causes Wildfire

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wildfireA couple weeks ago, I wrote about a truck accident that leaked seven thousand gallons of gas and risked contaminating the Denver water supply. Today, I’m writing about another accident with environmental reprecussions.

A fatal car accident this past Saturday caused a three-square-mile wildfire in Baca County. KKTV gives us this summary:

Colorado State Patrol says a rollover accident started the fire 11 miles northeast of Campo on County Road M. A 15-year-old girl from Vilas died.

The 17-year-old driver from Campo had minor injuries. Troopers say neither one was wearing a seatbelt.

Alcohol is not considered as a factor in this crash, but troopers say speed may have played a part. The driver could be charged.

This blaze in Baca was comparatively small, but it was not the only one in the area at the time. According to The Pueblo Chieftain, Southeastern Colorado saw gusts of wind as fierce as 52 miles per hour that day. These winds contributed to wildfires in Bent and Las Animas Counties, as well.

As of Sunday, The Colorado Connection reported the damage cause by the three main fires consisted of one volunteer fire department vehicle, a number of outbuildings, one home, and an undetermined number of farm machines.

Image by Mr. Lujan, used under its Creative Commons license.

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