FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A transient has been arrested for allegedly starting a
small wildfire in Flagstaff.
Coconino County Sheriff’s officials said Thursday that 25-year-old James Duncan
is being held on suspicion of one count of reckless burning.
They received a call from dispatchers assigned to the northern district of the
Arizona Department of Public Safety regarding a hitchhiker who allegedly started
a one-acre fire near Interstate 40.
DPS officers say a man was seen sitting in a log on a shoulder of I-40 smoking
a cigarette in the area where the so-called Freeway Fire ignited.
Authorities say Duncan has denied causing the fire. They didn’t immediately
know if he has a lawyer.