3 Hikers found after lighting signal fire near Crown King

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CROWN KING - Three missing hikers were found near Crown King early Monday morning after rescuers saw their signal fire.

The group was in Arizona on behalf of AmeriCorps and taking a pleasure hike at the time.

A person who was with the group made it to the Crown King Fire Department to report the missing hikers, according to Dwight D'Evelyn with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

The missing hikers were identified as Trevor Buglio, 19, from Pennsylvania, Aubrey McMullin, 18, from Washington, and Lauren Atkinson, 23, from Maryland.

D'Evelyn said the group had started hiking at 11:30 a.m. Sunday and were somewhere in Horse Thief Canyon.

The hikers were wearing shorts and T-shirts. They had a limited water supply, some food, cell phones and a lighter.

D'Evelyn said the hikers lit a warming and signaling fire.

Their cell phones were not always providing a good signal, so rescuers were not able to obtain GPS coordinates.

The Forest Patrol supervisor began coordinating rescue efforts and contacted the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team's Backcountry detail for assistance.

At about 10:30 p.m., the supervisor spotted the group's campfire in a remote area of the basin and deployed the Backcountry team to the area.

Around 3 a.m. Monday, the Backcountry team found the hikers and escorted them to a base camp just before 7 a.m. They reportedly were in good condition.