Eagle Police are investigating a range fire north of town earlier this week as arson

Detectives are looking for a curly-haired man who was seen filming a range fire next to N. Willow Creek Road on July 15.

Fire investigators say the blaze was set on purpose – there is evidence the fire was lit on the road and gas was used to move flames from the road to a nearby hillside.

The fire burned about 30 acres east of N. Willow Creek Road, near N. Chantry Way, before crews were able to put it out.

Eagle Fire crews saw smoke from the area just before 5 a.m. as they were fighting another range fire nearby.

A homeowner later told fire fighters a man knocked on their door around 5 a.m. to warn of a grass fire nearby.

When firefighters arrived, they saw a dark-colored SUV parked near the fire. A man sitting inside was filming or taking pictures of the flames, which were about 200 feet away.

The man drove away shortly after firefighters arrived. The man drove back by a short time later and asked if he could go around fire equipment because he needed to go back to Emmett.

Firefighters told him he would need to take an alternate route and he drove away.

The man in the SUV is described as being in his 20s and having a skinny build, with a dark afro hairstyle.

The homeowner didn’t get a really good look at the man who knocked on the door but did say he appeared to be in his 20s and had dark hair.

Detectives do not have any suspects at this point but would like to talk to that man.

Anyone with information should call Eagle Police at 938-2260 or send an email to cau@adaweb.net

 

 

 

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