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Ada County sheriff’s investigators looking for man seen near arson fire

Fire investigators say gasoline was used to move a fire lit on the road into the hillside.
Fire investigators say gasoline was used to move a fire lit on the road into the hillside.

A fire that burned about 30 acres north of Eagle last Saturday was intentionally set, according to Ada County Sheriff’s officials.

Investigators found evidence the fire was lit in the road and then gasoline was used to carry it into the dry hillside.

They don’t have any suspects but they’re asking for the public’s help in locating a man who was seen recording the early-morning fire, which burned east of North Willow Creek Road near Chantry Way.

The man, who was sitting in a dark-colored SUV about 200 feet away from the fire, drove away soon after firefighters arrived. He returned later and asked if he could go around the fire equipment because he needed to go back to Emmett; he was told he had to use a different route.

The man was described as in his 20s, skinny and had a dark afro-style hair.

Someone knocked on the door of a home nearby at about 5 a.m. to warn them of the fire, a homeowner told police. The person who knocked looked similar, described as a 20-something man with dark hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Eagle Police Department, 938-2260 or e-mail cau@adaweb.net.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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