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Five juveniles charged after sparking 65 acre 'Park Fire' near Bagdad in northern Arizona

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Posted at 5:06 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 22:13:03-04

BAGDAD, AZ — Five juveniles have been charged, after sparking a brush fire Thursday afternoon.

Officials battled the "Park Fire," that burned an estimated 65 acres near East Park in Bagdad, Arizona, 65 miles west of Prescott in northern Arizona.

Officials say the fire was human-caused by five juveniles from the ages from 11 to 15 years old. The juveniles caused the fire by smoking an unknown substance on the land during a fire ban.

The five juveniles are now facing reckless burning and misdemeanor charges. While the 15-year-old will also be facing charges of tampering with a witness, for trying to keep witnesses from incriminating him.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says 10 structures in the area of East Park, Navaho and Lindahl drives were evacuated.

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The Arizona State Forestry Department launched an air attack to assist ground crews along with Hot Shot Crews, bulldozers, and several firefighters from several different agencies.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says there were no injuries or loss of any structures as a result, however over $30,000 was used to fight the fire.