Underage suspect faces charges in Weber Fire

15-day Mancos blaze came within few feet of homes

A juvenile has been charged in connection with starting the 10,000-acre Weber Fire that burned for 15 days, caused more than $5 million in damages and threatened dozens of homes near Mancos.

The juvenile, whose name, age and gender were not released, is charged with two counts of juvenile delinquency by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Durango.

The Weber Fire was started June 22 about six miles south of Mancos on Bureau of Land Management land in Weber Canyon in Montezuma County.

The juvenile is accused of gathering up leaves and underbrush and using a Bic lighter to start the fire, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

If convicted, the juvenile faces a range of possible penalties, from probation to being incarcerated up to five years on each count.

The fire resulted in 140 homes being evacuated and 390 homes being put on pre-evacuation notice. Flames came within feet of several houses, but only a small outbuilding burned.

The juvenile is expected to receive a summons to appear at an uncertain date in federal court in Durango.

shane@durangoherald.com

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