Three charged in Grand Canyon blaze | AspenTimes.com

Three charged in Grand Canyon blaze

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

PHOENIX ” Three Texans have been charged with starting a fire that has charred more than 2,000 acres near the Grand Canyon National Park.

The trio were camping in the Kaibab National Forest on Tuesday when they allegedly left their campfire unattended, according to a complaint filed in federal court in Flagstaff. High winds sent embers into the nearby forest, sparking the blaze.

They were identified as Daniel Alan Burroughs, 23, of Tatum, Michael Zachary Dunn, 24, of Allen, and Lindsey Jo McKinley, 24, of Gilmer. They were each charged with four misdemeanor offenses.

They were set to make an initial appearance in federal court Thursday morning.

The blaze broke out just after noon Tuesday and quickly burned through more than 3 square miles of forest. Despite winds above 30 mph Wednesday, crews kept it from growing significantly and it was 60 percent contained Thursday morning.

The three suspects were interviewed by federal law enforcement officials when they returned to their campsite to retrieve their tent on Wednesday, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office. They cooperated and were not arrested.


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