Fort Collins man cited for starting Hewlett Fire

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The U.S. Forest Service has issued a citation to James J. Weber of Fort Collins for starting the Hewlett Fire.

According to U.S. Forest Service investigators, Weber was camping on the Hewlett Gulch trail Monday when his alcohol-fueled camp stove ignited dry brush in the area. Weber told investigators that he attempted to stomp out the fire but was unsuccessful and fled as the fire spread. There is no cell service at the location of the origin of the fire.

Weber later reported that he started the fire to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

Weber faces a $300 fine plus a $25 processing fee for burning timber, trees, slash, brush or grass without a permit. The Forest Service will also pursue Weber for restitution.