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Man believed to be involved in Molino 2 Wildfire located, case referred to US Attorney's Office

Fire burned for three days before it was fully contained
Molino 2 Wildfire suspect
Posted at 3:47 PM, May 02, 2023

TUCSON, AZ — The U.S. Forest Service said the man wanted for questioning regarding the Molino 2 Wildfire near Tucson was located.

Officials say members of the public provided multiple tips to help identify and locate the man.

He was interviewed and the case has now been referred to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Officials say the fire began on April 30 and caused a closure of the Catalina Highway, Santa Catalina Ranger District, and the Coronado National Forest.

Investigators say video footage shows a white male, approximately in his 50s or 60s, wearing a light grey colored shirt with tan cargo pants approach a scene where filmmakers were shooting a homemade target.

Throughout the video, the group is seen stepping back and allowing the suspect to take five shots using his personal shotgun, according to officials.

Investigators say the suspect's shotgun was loaded with incendiary bullets that caused sparks to fly starting the wildfire.

According to officials, using incendiary bullets and starting a wildfire are violations and are punishable by up to six months in jail or $5,000. The violations are considered Class B misdemeanors.

The man's identity has not been released. It is unknown if he faces any charges.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coronado National Forest at 520-388-8343 or by email at Mailroom_R3_Coronado@usda.gov.