Brush fire ups count of suspected arsons around Kingman

Officials worry that a fire could burn out of control

KINGMAN - A serial arsonist or arsonists believed responsible for 30 roadside fires since the start of the year ignited a brush fire Wednesday on Northern Avenue, according to Pat Moore, chief of the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District 1.

Firefighters responded to the fire in a vacant lot and extinguished it before it could spread to nearby homes.

The fire was classified as arson.

"The fire adds to the long list of suspicious fires in the Kingman area the NACFD and Kingman Fire Department have responded to since January," said Moore in an email.

Moore said investigators have identified the ignition source, but he did not expound. The fires have covered a wide swath of Kingman, including the area between Kino Avenue and Northern Avenue, and from Kino and Stockton Hill Road to Route 66.

Fire officials worry an arson fire could quickly spread and threaten lives and property, particularly with warmer weather and drier conditions.

Officials believe the person or persons responsible light a fire and then leave in a vehicle. They asked the public to keep a lookout.

"We are very concerned with the arson fires and (we're) asking for the community's help in identifying any potential suspects," said Moore.

"We urge everyone to keep their eyes open and report any suspicious activity."

Capt. Rusty Cooper with the Kingman Police Department said a reward might be offered for information that leads to an arrest.

A detective with the KPD is working with fire investigators. The Mohave County Sheriff's Office also is assisting with the investigation and is processing the evidence.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the NACFD at (928) 757-3151, the Kingman Fire Department at (928) 753-2891, the Sheriff's Office at (928) 753-0753 or the Kingman Police Department at (928) 753-2191.