(NEWSBUSTERS) -- Network news outlets have abruptly stopped covering the Spring Fire in Colorado, which previously had been receiving consistent airtime since late June. The dearth of new reporting is not due to the story having flamed out; on Monday morning the fire was declared the largest in the state, and it remains only five percent contained. Interestingly, coverage across ABC, CBS, and NBC ceased completely once it was revealed that the man responsible for starting the wildfire was an illegal alien.
From June 29 to July 1, both ABC and CBS mentioned the wildfire four separate times in their flagship morning and evening broadcasts, and NBC ran two stories on the inferno within the same time period. Yet by Monday morning, the story was nowhere to be found across any of the three news networks.