Welders ignite brush fire

A wildland brush fire off SR 260 at Hayfield Draw Tuesdayfire was contained to about a one-half acre. The fire was started about 3:20 p.m. as a private contractor worked on welding a fence for a Forest Service project.  The sparks ignited the surrounding vegetation.

A wildland brush fire off SR 260 at Hayfield Draw Tuesdayfire was contained to about a one-half acre. The fire was started about 3:20 p.m. as a private contractor worked on welding a fence for a Forest Service project. The sparks ignited the surrounding vegetation.

CAMP VERDE - Fire crews and apparatus from Verde Valley Fire District, plus Camp Verde and the US Forest Service fire companiesm were dispatched to a wildland brush fire off SR 260 at Hayfield Draw Tuesday.

Incident Commander Captain Mark Dixon had traffic stopped for a short period since a large cloud of smoke was blowing across the highway while crews extinguished the blaze.

The fire was contained to about a one-half acre.

The fire was started about 3:20 p.m. as a private contractor worked on welding a fence for a Forest Service project. The sparks ignited the surrounding vegetation.

Since the fire was burning on Forest Land, the fire was contained and turned over to the Forest Service for control and mop up operations. YCSO and Camp Verde Marshal's Office assisted with traffic control.

Reward for hit and run vehicle/suspect

SEDONA -- The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office continues to seek information from the public regarding the June 1 hit-and-run collision on Sedona's Red Rock Loop Road. The family of four on vacation was traveling in a 2010 Chevy Malibu rental car when struck during the early evening hours.

The suspect vehicle, which fled has been identified as a white Dodge Durango, with a possible partial Arizona plate number of "7VT." The vehicle had tinted windows, with substantial left front body damage, including damage to turn signal and headlight lens covers.

The driver of the rented Malibu told deputies he was negotiating a curve on Lower Red Rock Loop Road when the white SUV came towards him at high speed.

The SUV driver lost control and struck the front end of the Malibu, which then burst into flames.

Fortunately, the family was able to escape the burning vehicle but no one was injured.

Deputies recovered a "V8 Magnum" emblem at the scene indicating the suspect vehicle is most likely a Dodge Durango like the one pictured.

Yavapai Silent Witness is offering a $500 reward to anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the vehicle and/or suspect. Anonymous callers should contact Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or text the word "Busted" and the tip to 411247.

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