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Posted on: April 12, 2021

Man Arrested for Starting Wildland Fire in Blue Ridge Area

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Contact: Jon Paxton   Phone: 928-226-5089

Blue Ridge, AZ – On April 9, 2021 Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to Highway 87 near the Hwy 260 junction for a report of a wildland fire.  Upon arrival, the deputy interviewed a witness that said they were driving along the highway and saw a fire in the forested area.  Upon seeing the fire, the witness stopped and attempted extinguish the fire.  During this process, the witness noticed a suspicious person, later identified as Adam Gilliam, a 29-year-old man from Oregon, near the fire.  Shortly after, an Arizona Department of Public Safety Trooper arrived and detained the suspicious person.

 During the deputy’s interview with Gilliam, he admitted to starting the fire with a lighter he had in his possession. Fire resources were able to successfully extinguish the fire, which was described as approximately 30 feet in diameter.  

 Gilliam was arrested and booked into the Coconino County Jail for Illegal Burning of Wildland and Refusing to Provide a Truthful name.  

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