Fires prompt home evacuations in northern Arizona

AP News
Posted: Jun 09, 2011 12:46 AM
Fires prompt home evacuations in northern Arizona

Authorities in northern Arizona say someone intentionally set a series of small fires that forced the evacuations of about 50 homes in a rural subdivision near the mountain town of Flagstaff.

Coconino National Forest spokesman Brady Smith says a combination of up to nine fires sprang up at about the same time Wednesday afternoon about eight miles northeast of Flagstaff.

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office says they're looking for a man who witnesses saw near the fires at around the time they started.

Smith says the fires were 20 percent contained at less than 100 acres by 7:30 p.m. Evacuees were expected to be allowed to return home by late Wednesday night.

The fires are unrelated to the massive wildfire burning about 200 miles away in eastern Arizona.