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Suspect arrested following fire in Yuma

Authorities said suspect Jason Martin, 47, of Yuma, was arrested and faces multiple charges, including arson and criminal damage to property.

YUMA, Ariz. — A man has been arrested after a fire burned several acres of a wildlife refuge in Yuma Saturday afternoon.

Yuma County Sheriff's Office Fire crews were dispatched to the Colorado River and Zoo Island areas after a large fire broke out on May 25. Multiple agencies responded to the blaze and worked to contain it.

According to authorities, the fire burned several acres in the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge. Authorities say arson is the cause of the fire and have arrested Jason Martin, 47, of Yuma. Martin is charged with reckless arson, arson of a structure/property, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct by burning a wildland, and endangerment.

Authorities said the incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Yuma County Sheriff's Office, anonymously, at 928-783-4427 or 78-CRIME. You can also visit the following websites: Yuma County Sheriff Please provide information anonymously.

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