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Statement by Dale Bosworth
"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 publicís 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."
Statement by Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman
"We are shocked and saddened that a Forest Service employee has admitted to starting the Hayman fire in the Pike-San Isabel National Forest.
Out thoughts are with the courageous firefighters battling fires across the west, as well as with those families with have lost their homes or whose homes are threatened because of the fires.
I commend the Forest Service and the USDA Office of Inspector General for their quick and through work in this investigation. I pledge the full cooperation of the department to bring this case to an end and to see that justice is served."
"Iím Rick Cables, Regional Forester for the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service. Iím in charge of a five state region with over 14 million acres here in Colorado.
First of all, let me thank our Forest Service Law Enforcement people and the USDA Office of Inspector General for doing such a professional and through job on the investigation of the cause of the Hayman Fire. They were very diligent and worked with a lot of other agencies including the four sheriffís department here, the U.S. Attorneyís office and many individuals to bring this part of the investigation to this point.
I want to begin by saying that this is one of the hardest announcements Iíve had to make in my career.
Iím shocked, and along with a lot of other people, in a state of disbelief.
Iím saddened to say that one of our employees has admitted to starting the Hayman Fire.
The Forest Service investigators and the U.S. Attorneyís Office have details of the investigation.
Our first and greatest concern remains with the people of this area who have lost homes and property from this fireÖwith those people who are still not able to return to their homes and businesses this afternoon because of the fireÖand for the safety and welfare of the thousands of firefighters who are here today on the fire line. I know this must be troubling news to them, as well as to everyone involved in this tragedy.
The U.S. Forest Service is a proud agency of men and women who are dedicated to managing and protecting public lands. We all feel horrible and this. And we know and trust that the American people will continue to support us as we move forward.
Itís tough for me to find the words to express how Iím feeling right now. Itís a tragic situation that we find ourselves in today.
We will continue to fight this fire safely and aggressively and try to get people back into their homes as quickly as we can.
Iím glad that the investigation has gone so well and the source of the fire has been found.
Both the Chief of the Forest Service and the Secretary of Agriculture are deeply concerned about this matter. I have statements from each of them to release to the media."