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James J. Weber, according to officials, was using an alcohol camp stove that sparked the fire on Monday.
Weber tried to stomp out the fire, according to a press release from the Forest Service, but failed.
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He fled as the fire spread and later reported that he started the blaze to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, the Forest Service alleged.
Weber was cited under a section of the fire code for causing “timber, trees, slash, brush or grass to burn except as authorized by permit.”
He faces a $300 fine plus a $25 processing fee. The Forest Service said it will also pursue Weber for restitution.
The Forest Service said there was no cell service in the area where the fire erupted.