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Woman arrested in connection to 6-acre fire on CU Boulder East Campus

She's facing second-degree arson charges.
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BOULDER, Colo. — A woman was arrested Thursday in connection to a 6.3-acre grass fire on CU Boulder's East Campus, according to the University of Colorado Police Department.

Rain Hanuman, 31, was arrested on three charges including second-degree arson, according to jail records.

She was booked into the Boulder County Jail.

The fire was building near the Space Science Building, according to fire officials.

“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,” said CU Boulder Police Chief Doreen Jokerst.

Anyone with information about the fire should call Sgt. Eric Edford at 303-492-6832.

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) announced that Stage 1 fire restrictions go into effect on Nov. 30.

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The restrictions prohibit:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using an open fire, campfire, or stove fire including charcoal barbecues and grills.
  • Shooting off fireworks
  • Recreational shooting. Hunters with a valid and current hunting license are exempt.
  • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  • Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher kept with the operator and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use.
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.
  • Parking motorized vehicles in grass or vegetated area that can come in contact with the underside of the vehicle.

Several agencies assisted with the wildland fire, including the Boulder Police Department, CU Boulder Police, Boulder Rural Fire Rescue, Boulder County Sheriff, Fourmile Fire, Louisville Fire Protection District, Lafayette Fire Department, and Lefthand Fire.