Published: Dec. 23, 2021

The University of Colorado Police Department (CUPD) on Thursday afternoon arrested a female suspect on charges of second degree arson and reckless endangerment following a grass fire on the university’s East Campus. 

The suspect has been booked at the Boulder County Jail.

Boulder Fire Rescue, CUPD and several other local agencies responded Friday morning to contain the fire in an open area near CU Boulder’s Space Sciences Building along Discovery Drive. There were no injuries nor damage to any structures. 

Boulder Fire Rescue announced on social media just after 3 p.m. that the fire had been officially contained. The fire burned roughly 6.3 acres. 

In addition to Boulder Fire Rescue and CUPD, Boulder Police Department, Boulder Rural Fire Department, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Fourmile Fire, Louisville Fire Protection District, Lafayette Fire Department, Lefthand Fire and Boulder Mountain Fire assisted in the response as high winds created challenges in containing the fire. 

“We are grateful for the response of our local partner agencies, both in containment of the fire to protect our campus community and in assisting with the investigation,” CU Boulder Police Chief Doreen Jokerst said.

Anyone who may have additional information about the cause of Thursday’s fire should call Sergeant Eric Edford at 303-492-6832. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website