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Forest Service: Help find person of interest in Mt. Lemmon wildfire

A man driving a green Ford Explorer is a person of interest in last week's Molino Fire on Mt. Lemmon, officials said. The wildfire, which burned about 50 acres starting last Tuesday, was connected to recreational target shooting.

Coronado National Forest officials asked the public on Monday for any information that would help identify the man.

He was described as "a white male, tall, average to husky build (not muscular, not fat, but well built), wearing a light colored hat (possibly gray or tan), a gray shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes," Forest Service spokeswoman Heidi Schewel said.

The man "was seen moving quickly" midday Tuesday toward a forest green mid-1990s Ford Explorer parked at Milepost 4.5, at Molino Basin in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Schewel said.

Molino Fire was reported at 12:30 p.m. on April 4, and closed the Mt. Lemmon Highway for a day.

"Based upon witness reports, the fire origin and activity predominantly associated with the area of origin, the fire was determined to be related to recreational shooting activity," Schewel said.

Anyone with information about the person of interest, or "observations of activity that may have appeared to be suspicious," should contact the Coronado National Forest Supervisor's Office at 520- 388-8300, Schewel said.

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Apr 12, 2017, 11:43 am
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Does anyone know if shooting is allowed just before the Babad Do ľag pull out? There are often people shooting in that spot but I’ve never seen any of the Sheriffs doing anything about it.

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The Molino Fire on April 4.