On April 8 around 12:17 p.m., Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report of a fire in the Winona area, a community located approximately 10 miles east of Flagstaff, AZ near Interstate 40. By approximately 1:00 p.m., 75 homes had been evacuated in the Winona area and Steve Carter was arrested.
Fire units from Summit Fire, Flagstaff Fire, US Forest Service, Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter and other Northern Arizona fire units worked to contain the fire throughout the afternoon and evening.
During an investigation into the fire, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office arrested Steve Carter a 54-year-old male and resident on Copley Drive in connection with the fire. Mr. Carter was burning yard debris when the fire got away from him and grew out of control. High winds and dry conditions also were a factor. Steve Carter was booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility for 3 counts of Felony Endangerment, 1 count Misdemeanor Reckless Burning and 1 count of Felony Criminal Damage.
The evacuation was lifted at approximately 8:00 p.m., and residents were allowed to return to their homes. Fire and Sheriff units stayed in the area throughout the night. One residential structure and multiple outbuilding were burned along with 86 acres.