Jul 30, 2014 6:28 PM by Kenzie Meek-Beck

Black Forest Fire Report complete, but case still active

COLORADO SPRINGS -- The Black Forest Fire Report is now complete, but the case is still active, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. 

The sheriff's office has completed the investigation into the "cause and origins" of the fire. 

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division turned the completed report into the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office on Tuesday. 

The final report includes more than eight binders of forensic analysis, interviews, photographs, timelines and reports from both Law Enforcement and Fire Personnel agencies. 

The case has been handed over to the DA's office. The active case status means that the "DA's office has the option of filing criminal charges," according to the sheriff's office. For now, the completed report will not be released.

Last week, the sheriff's office received the last part they needed to complete the investigation - a final report from the US Forest Service.

Late Wednesday, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's office said it has received the report.

A spokesman for the DA said the Sheriff's office has not made any recommendations for charges to be filed in the case. But the DA's office will review all materials before making a final decision.


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