PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - While crews were battling tough terrain and a fire in Pueblo County on Monday a helicopter crew spotted two people not far from the blaze.
The fire started in a remote area of Pueblo Mountain Park near Beulah and was reported at about 2:15 p.m. While a helicopter crew was doing surveillance they noticed the couple in the trees close to where the fire was burning. Deputies made the trek through steep terrain and were able to make contact with the pair.
Dustin Aker, 34 , and Tiffany Schaack, 24, were arrested for drug charges. Aker was wanted out of South Dakota and local deputies had been searching for him since Sunday. When deputies found them,
Aker is facing charges for drugs, trespassing and a parole violation.
Schaack was arrested for multiple drug charges and trespassing.
It isn't clear if the two will face additional charges for the fire.
“The area where these two were located was not easily accessible, requiring deputies to hike through some very rough terrain to apprehend them," Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor said in a release. This was great work by all involved.”
Due to the rugged terrain, fire teams had to climb up a ridge to work the fire. Hand and sawyer crews worked for several hours, gaining 100 percent containment of the fire by about 6 p.m. Fire teams remained on scene until about 8 p.m. and a hand crew is scheduled to return to the area Tuesday morning to do mop-up work. No structures were threatened.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.