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Breaking News: Four Missing After ATV Crash Starts Wildfire

Sedona AZ (September 16, 2018)On September 15, 2018, at 4:19 in the evening, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a request for help from the United States Forest Service to assist with a wildfire along Forest Service Road 300 at Mile Post 10.

CCSO deputies responded from Flagstaff and the Blue Ridge Substation. While traveling to the scene, deputies learned it was believed that the wildfire began as the result of an ATV crash. The vehicles had likely driven off the Forest Service road and over the edge of the rim, falling as much as 400 feet down the cliff face.

Earlier in the day, four individuals riding ATVs were reported overdue and last seen in the wildfire area.

Currently, Forest Service personnel are working an active wild land fire, approximately ten acres in size, in the area of the crash and the rim. Due to the fire, it is still too dangerous for responders to access the crash site and to identify victims.

Forest Service Road 300 is closed in both directions from Mile Post 8 to Mile Post 11 while firefighters attempt to contain the fire.

Airspace over the crash site is restricted to fire suppression aircraft until further notice.

Fire suppression and recovery efforts will continue throughout the evening and into Monday. Once deemed safe, rescuers and investigators will access the crash site to begin recovery and continue the investigation.

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  1. Coconino County Sheriff's Office Request says:

    The TFR Flight Restrictions are still in place in the area of the Blue Ridge ATV accident and fire. First responder air craft are still in the area and need the air space clear for them to continue their efforts, including our flights for body recovery efforts. We will let you know when the flight restrictions have been lifted.

    Special Attention: If you were the media that did fly in the area, please understand that you probably have footage of a very sensitive nature. We ask that out of courtesy of the victims’ families, you not show footage that may have the victims in it.

  2. Coconino National Forest & Platypus Fire Firefighters says:

    The Coconino National Forest (Flagstaff AZ) and firefighters on the Platypus Fire were saddened to learn of the ATV accident on the Mogollon Rim this weekend that resulted in the loss of four lives.

    Public information regarding the accident and the September Fire, burning on the Tonto and Coconino National Forests, is being handled through the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Tonto National Forest.

    We extend our deepest condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones, and are holding them in our hearts and prayers.

  3. CCSO Update - Four Dead says:

    The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is able to confirm the identification of the victims of the recent fatal accident that occurred on Forest Service Road 300 this past weekend. The deceased have been identified as:

    Reymond V Martinez, 37 years of age from Phoenix, AZ
    Enrique Lopez, 38 years of age from Phoenix, AZ
    Abraham Javier Rodriquez Delgado, 17 years of age from Chandler, AZ
    Manuel Ladislao Bracamonte, 36 years of age from Glendale, AZ

    The vehicle crash and deaths are still under investigation by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Coconino County Public Health Services District Medical Examiner’s Office.

  4. Dom Myers says:

    We are praying for their souls. Rest In Peace.

  5. Brian says:

    here illegally with expensive toys and their failure to observe our law causes them to die for a stupid reason but also causing a costly taxpayer funded and citizen life endangerment wildfire, send the city of Sedona the bill for encouraging sanctuary as an option

  6. @Brian says:

    Such compassion for this tragic accident.
    Also make sure you blame City of Srdona at all costs even though it happened near Payson..

    Your an idiot Brian (deleted by editor)

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