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Arizona firefighters battle 11 wild fires, search for arsonist

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., May 5 (UPI) — Flagstaff, Ariz., firefighters fought wild fires for a second consecutive day and officials said they believe the fires were set by at least one arsonist.

The Flagstaff Fire Department battled at least 10 fires Saturday in the Marshall Lake area, the Arizona Daily Sun, of Flagstaff, reported Sunday. No structures were threatened by the blazes.

Crews arriving to battle the Marshall Lake fires said they spotted a Native American man walking away from the area. Police are looking for the man and three Native American women spotted in a vehicle near the area.

The Marshall Lake fires were named Marshall fires 1 through 5, the newspaper said. Marshall 1 is about 2 acres in size and consists of six smaller fires that grew together. Marshall fires 2 and 3 were contained inside a fire line and burnt about four acres of land.

Another fire Saturday was being fought just east of the city in what officials called the Pony fire. That fire began as an authorized controlled burn that got out of hand, the Daily Sun reported.

On Friday, firefighters were busy controlling three fires on the south side of the city, the newspaper said.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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