Today, after an extensive investigation, the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office arrested a local Elbert county resident and volunteer firefighter from the Elbert Fire Protection District. The arrest was made in connection with the June 2012 “County Road 102 Fire” that burned several hundred acres and caused the evacuation of the Town of Elbert and surrounding area.
Alex J. Averette a 19 year old male is being held at the Elbert County Jail on a $50,000.00 bond for the offenses of Intentionally Setting Wildfire, 2nd Degree Arson, Reckless Endangerment, Criminal Mischief and 2nd Degree Criminal Trespass. .
On June 24, 2012 at approximately 11:56 am, the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office and multiple fire agencies were dispatched after the report of a fire. The blaze was located just north of the town of Elbert in the area of County Road 102.
The initial attack utilized over 100 fire and law enforcement personnel from multiple agencies. Firefighting resources around the state were limited at that time due to the Waldo, Hyde Park and other major fires throughout Colorado.
Multiple fire ground crews were aided by Elbert County Road and Bridge equipment, law enforcement personnel, and two single engine aircraft tankers performing drops in the area. The fire required the pre-evacuation of the town of Elbert and surrounding areas.
The fire scene was active for 18 days during which time fire crews worked to gain control of the blaze.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.