Investigators were able to quickly pinpoint the cause of this fire, which was lightning, thanks to available evidence and reduced fire behavior.
GRAND COUNTY, Colo. — After determining that lightning ignited the Black Mountain Fire, investigators have shared photos of the tree where they think the fire began.
Images shared Friday show a tree struck by lightning that investigators say caused the fire. The bark and wood had separated from the tree, and the tree was split at the bottom, common evidence of a lightning strike.
With the Black Mountain Fire burning just a few miles away from the East Troublesome Fire burn scar, many have wondered why the cause of this new fire was found so much faster.
>Video above from Aug. 29: Black Mountain Fire burning in Grand County.
The East Troublesome Fire, which ignited Oct. 14, 2020, was determined to be human-caused, but fire officials have not released any further information.
Mike De Fries, spokesperson for the incident management team working the Black Mountain Fire, emphasized that he could not speak to the cause of the East Troublesome Fire. However, he explained that determining the cause of the Black Mountain Fire fire in less than a week was possible because of a number of specific circumstances.
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