Arson Investigation Launched Into Grass Fire Near Park

Authorities believe a three-acre fire that burned near Widefield Community Park Tuesday afternoon was started intentionally.

Smoke from the fire was visible from the interstate as firefighters rushed to the scene. The fire was first reported at 1:15 p.m.

By 2:30 p.m. authorities told 11 News the fire was "pretty much knocked down," meaning the flames and heat were reduced, but the fire wasn't completely out. By 3:15 p.m. the fire was fully contained.

The fire was near Carp Lake, which is across the street from Widefield Community Park east of the intersection of Fontaine and Grinnell in Security-Widefield. Fontaine was closed between Grinnell and Drury while fire crews responded.

The fire came near a pavilion, but otherwise did not threaten any structures. The closest property is the Fountain Valley School grounds.

Arson investigators responded to the scene and remained out there after the fire was contained. A spokesman for the sheriff's office said something crews observed at the scene raised red flags, but would not elaborate on the nature of what they saw. 11 News was told that the arson investigators looked around a gazebo for the source of ignition.

Ashley Green