Authorities seek information on suspicious human-caused fire

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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Authorities are seeking information on what they are calling a “suspicious” human-caused fire Sunday in the City of Williams, known to some as the Gateway to the Grand Canyon.

Just after 1 p.m. Sunday, fire managers from the Williams Ranger District responded to the Clover Fire just west of Buckskinner Park after receiving a call from the Williams Police Department, according to a media statement issued by the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire was suppressed by fire personnel and will continue to be monitored, according to the Forest Service.

“Forest visitors are reminded to use extreme caution when camping with recent warm temperatures, lack of precipitation and low humidity as it can create a situation for rapid fire growth,” the Forest Service said in the statement. “Visitors can help in reducing the number of preventable, human-caused fires by completely extinguishing campfires before leaving their camp site.”

Read more: Human attention means fire prevention: Tips to stop human-caused fires

No fire restrictions are in effect on the Kaibab National Forest, though fire managers continuously monitor conditions and could increase fire danger levels at any time as necessary.

Regardless of whether restrictions are in place, abandoning a campfire is illegal, according to the statement.

The Clover fire is currently under investigation by Forest Service Law Enforcement. Anyone who may have information regarding the cause of the fire or who observed anyone suspicious in the area near the time of the fire is encouraged to contact Kaibab National Forest Dispatch at 928-635-2601 or Fire Information at 928-635-5653.


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