Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said at a press conference Monday that the fire may have started on property owned by Twelve Tribes, a controversial sect that has reportedly praised the enslavement of Black Americans and has come under scrutiny multiple times for allegedly using child labor.
Twelve Tribes was unable to be reached by the Post on Thursday. The Yellow Deli in Boulder which the group operates is currently closed.
The wildfire, the worst recorded in state history, was fueled by extreme winds after erupting last Thursday in and around the communities of Louisville and Superior at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills. It scorched land across 30 miles between Denver and Boulder. Two people remain missing.
Pelle said the