Colorado man suspected of arson after multiple slash piles were left burning in the same county as the East Troublesome Fire

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Published: Oct. 30, 2020 at 8:32 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Authorities discovered a dozen slash piles burning in the same county that is dealing with one of the worst wildfires in the history of Colorado.

On Tuesday, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Gorewood Subdivision off Country Road 14S regarding a possible fire near a home. When firefighters and deputies got on scene, they discovered the unattended slash piles actively burning. Crews had to use tools and shovels to extinguish the flames. Deputies tried to make contact with the property owner, but were unsuccessful on Tuesday.

A deputy went back to the property on Wednesday and found 12 slash piles with four of them still smoldering.

Authorities learned the property owner is Christopher Linsmayer. The Grand County Sheriff’s Office attempted to contact him via phone, but were later told he had, “already spoken with his attorney regarding the situation.”

Linsmayer is facing 12 misdemeanor counts of 4th-degree arson.

11 News partner CBS Denver is reporting Linsmayer is the husband of Denver District Attorney Beth McCann.

At the time the slash piles were burning, there were fire restrictions in Grand County.

The destructive East Troublesome Fire has been burning in Grand County since Oct. 14 and has burned at least 100 homes. The cause of the East Troublesome Fire remains under investigation.

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