May 2, 2023

Forest service officials look for Molino 2 Wildfire suspect.

Video evidence has been released.

MolinoSuspect firing gun
Forest Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Fire officials released photos on Tuesday, May 2, of a suspect who is wanted for questioning regarding the Molino 2 Wildfire.

Video evidence shows a 50 to 60-year-old white male, wearing a light gray shirt and tan cargo shorts, shooting incendiary ammunition upon a homemade target.

Molino Suspect VIEW LARGER
Forest Service

Using incendiary rounds and starting fires are both illegal and punishable by fines up to $5,000 or up to six months in jail and are considered Class B Misdemeanors.

The suspect was using his personal shotgun, causing sparks to fly in the Molino Basin. The video shows little fires spreading in the basin.

The Molino 2 Wildfire which began on Sunday, April 30, shut down the Catalina Highway to Mt. Lemmon to all non-residents.

The forest service reported as of Tuesday morning that the 115-acre fire is fully contained.

Video courtesy of the US National Forest Service

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