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5/17/2014 8:47:00 AM
Camp stove triggers wildfire; man cited for fire ban violation

BAGDAD -- A Yavapai County wildfire grew to 20 acres Thursday afternoon reportedly started by a man using a camp stove. Fire units from Arizona State Fire, Bagdad Fire and the Skull Valley Fire District spent about two hours controlling the blaze and then cited the 62 year old Phoenix area man, who reported the fire and then stayed around to hear his censure.

The man said that he put the camp stove on a bumper of his Jeep to cook a meal but that the stove exploded and he knocked it to the ground, igniting the surrounding brush.

No structures were threatened but a Code Red was issued to the Bagdad Elementary School to advise of the nearby fire activity but there were no evacuations. The Jeep Posse was alerted and was stationed around the fire in case evacuations were necessary, but all roads remained open.

Arizona State Fire brought in a helicopter to help douse the blaze and create a fire perimeter.

The 62-year old man was fully cooperative. He was cited for reckless burning and violation of a fire ban on the use of an open flame..

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Article comment by: Ronald Leanderts

Good for the Yavapai Sheriff's Department. Were any citations given to Highway 89 construction workers for the 500 acre fire two week ago? As I drove by at the start of the fire it was obvious no one tossed a cigarette from a moving vehicle. Too far from the road. The fire started at ground zero where work was being preformed on the concrete bridge.



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