COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A man is facing arson charges for allegedly starting a grass fire off I-25 in Colorado Springs Sunday night.
A witness called police after reportedly seeing a flame coming from an unknown object that the suspect was holding. When police arrived at the scene by exit 139 (MLK Bypass), a small fire was burning on the west side of I-25. The officers estimated it at 30 feet by 10 feet.
Officers used a fire extinguisher to douse what they could until firefighters arrived.
The suspect, identified by police as Michael Carruth, was found nearby and arrested. He's looking at charges of second-degree arson and setting fire to woods/prairies.
Until Colorado Springs gets significant moisture, fire danger will be high every day, not just on Red Flag days. The city is also under a burn ban. If you see anything suspicious or think you see smoke, contact the fire department immediately.