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YCSO Cites Homeowner for Reckless Burning After Fire

Sedona AZ (April 18, 2018)At approximately 9:30 this morning, a homeowner in Humboldt, Arizona was burning tumbleweeds in his back yard. The fire jumped over a block wall fence and into an open field near a closed smelter plant. The homeowner immediately called 911 to report the fire.

In an attempt to put out the fire and because of light winds in the area, the homeowner’s use of a garden hose was unsuccessful.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) responded. Locks to the closed commercial property were cut to gain access to the fire which had grown to nearly an acre in just a few minutes. Fire crews quickly extinguished the flames.

Deputies met with the homeowner and cited him for Reckless Burning due to the well publicized fire restrictions in place for the county. Any attempt by the homeowner to get a burn permit would have met with clear notice that burning had been suspended.

YCSO and fire officials cannot emphasize enough to follow fire restriction regulations. THE RISK IS TOO GREAT AND THOSE IN VIOLATION WILL BE CITED. YOUR COOPERATION IS APPRECIATED.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260
or the YCSO website at www.ycsoaz.gov.

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