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Suspect in Flagstaff fires has extensive criminal background

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspected arsonist who is allegedly connected to two fires near Flagstaff.

Authorities say the suspect is a woman. 38-year-old Rachel Rae Bridges is accused of starting two fires that ignited near Burris Lane and Pine Country Lane just north of the city on Monday and Tuesday.

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Bridges has an extensive criminal background. According to court documents obtained by The Prescott Times, she is facing 11 charges from a separate case in July. Those charges include first-degree criminal trespassing, possession of marijuana, credit card theft, burglary, and criminal damage.

Furthermore, Bridges, who is a Flagstaff resident, is facing a charge of third-degree criminal trespassing from an incident that occurred just a month later.

Police say the blaze commenced Monday evening on private property on the east side of Highway 89 in Doney Park. Crews managed to keep the fire down to roughly two acres and were working on mop-up operations before the second fire was set early Tuesday morning.

Coconino County Sheriff’s officials say 10 homes were evacuated, but those orders have since been lifted. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, multiple structures have been damaged, and an investigation is underway.

If you have information or have seen Bridges call either CCSO at 928-774-4523 or 1-800-338-7888. You can also call in anonymously to Silent Witness at 928-774-6111.

Update: Bridges was eventually located by deputies and interviewed.

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