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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A transient has been arrested for allegedly starting a small wildfire in Flagstaff.

Coconino County Sheriff's officials said Thursday that 25-year-old James Duncan is being held on suspicion of one count of reckless burning.

They received a call from dispatchers assigned to the northern district of the Arizona Department of Public Safety regarding a hitchhiker who allegedly started a one-acre fire near Interstate 40.

DPS officers say a man was seen sitting in a log on a shoulder of I-40 smoking a cigarette in the area where the so-called Freeway Fire ignited.

Authorities say Duncan has denied causing the fire. They didn't immediately know if he has a lawyer.

Associated Press,

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