PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Authorities have cited a Phoenix man after he
accidentally started a 15-acre fire in northern Arizona.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said Friday that the
62-year-old received citations for reckless burning and violation of a fire
ban by utilizing an open flame.
The fire started Thursday afternoon near the community of
Hillside, about 40 miles west of Prescott.
The man told deputies an explosion occurred in his camping stove and then he
inadvertently knocked it to the ground.
The man called authorities after the blaze quickly spread and
stayed at the scene.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire and no structures or homes were
Authorities did not release the man’s identity.
No criminal charges are expected.