News Release

USDA Forest Service
Office of Communications
Washington, D.C.

(202) 205-8333

Dale Bosworth
Chief, U.S Forest Service
Regarding the Investigation of the Hayman Fire in Colorado
June 16, 2002

"We regret to learn that one of our employees has admitted to starting this fire. The agency is committed to battling fires across this Nation and this isolated case should in no way affect the public's trust and confidence in our fire prevention and firefighting efforts.

"I am extremely proud of the thousands of federal, state and local employees who regularly risk their lives to fight wildland fires. They have our full support and confidence in their commitment and ability to meet these challenges.

"We have cooperated fully with the USDA Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Attorney in this investigation, and will continue to cooperate in any way needed."