Arrest made in Marshall Lake fires

Marshall Lake fires

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Coconino National Forest personnel responded to 10 fires in the Marshall Lake area on Saturday.


by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 8 at 4:26 PM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers arrested a suspect Sunday in connection with 10 fires in the Marshall Lake area southeast of Flagstaff.

Woody Mountain Lookout reported smoke Saturday at 10:28 a.m. and shortly afterward multiple signs of smoke were seen spreading out in the same area, according to Coconino National Forest spokesman Brady Smith.

The fires grew to approximately 11 acres before being contained by Sunday evening.

The arrest was made after an extensive search and cooperation between Forest Service law enforcement, the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, Flagstaff Police Department and the Department of Public Safety.

The suspect's name has not been released at this time.
Charges are pending by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Officials said fire danger in Coconino National Forest remains high, and though campfires are not restricted, officials are asking the public to make sure they bring at least 6 gallons of water or more to extinguish their campfires. Shovels should also be used to stir the water in the campfire and ensure that the fire is out until it is cold and you can touch it.