Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies are attempting to contact a person of interest identified as Obrian Wilson Kee who witnesses saw in close proximity to the Hill Fire around the time it started. He is described as a Native American Male approximately 20 years old with short black hair, 5’ 8” in height and weighing about 140 pounds and last seen wearing a red tee shirt, blue jeans and black combat style boots.
Incident command has confirmed that an unoccupied single wide trailer was burned in the fire and there are no reported injuries related to the Hill Fire.
Ii is believed power will be restored to the evacuated area between 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm tonight and evacuees will be able to return to their homes shortly thereafter.
General Status: Combination of seven to nine fires that began simultaneously in the Turkey Hills area. Currently 20 percent contained. Fire crews optimistic for full containment of the fire by late tonight.
Location: Approximately 8 miles east of the center of Flagstaff and 2 miles north of Interstate 40 in the Turkey Hills area.
Size: 50 to 100 acres total
Reported: 4 p.m. today by Mt. Elden Lookout Tower
Cause: Human; Currently under investigation.
Current Resources: 14 engines, 4 crews (2 more en route), 5 water tenders, 2 dozers, 5 heavy air tankers, 2 helicopter, 1 lead plane, 1 air attack coordination plane.
Structures Threatened: Report of multiple structures threatened and one home destroyed.
Evacuations: Residents on east side of Koch Field Road, which includes approximately 50 homes. Red Cross is in process of setting up a reception area for those residents.
Closures: Townsend Winona Road is closed between Highway 89 and Cosnino Road. Koch Field Road is closed between Silver Saddle Road and Townsend Winona Road.