The Rogers Fire that started west of Longmont on Friday morning was caused by the remnants of a slash pile coupled with high winds, investigators believe.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Saturday afternoon that the fire burned 24 acres on a landowner’s property in the 5200 block of Rogers Road.

The fire destroyed 10 outbuildings and killed 28 animals — 22 goats, five piglets and one pig.

The northeast corner of the property had a slash pile that had been burned on Jan. 5, Commander Mike Wagner wrote in the news release.

“It is believed that the burned slash pile was still warm deep within and the remnants of the pile were reignited by yesterday’s high winds,” Wagner wrote.

The Rogers Fire is fully contained and firefighters continued removing burning material and reducing residual smoke in the area Saturday.

The Wagonwheel Gap Fire, which began around the same time Friday morning in the 500 block of Wagonwheel Gap Road northwest of Boulder, was full contained at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

No homes or structures were damaged in the fire and people were allowed to return to their homes Saturday morning. Investigators believe the Wagonwheel Gap Fire began after a the high winds downed a power line, Wagner wrote.

Karen Antonacci: 303-684-5226, or

Our editors found this article on this site using Google and regenerated it for our readers.