Plane Crash Near Sedona Kills Four, Causes Another Wildfire

Another wildfire has broken out near Sedona, after a single-engine plane crashed, killing four people.

According to a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman, hikers reported the downed plane and fire around 4 p.m. yesterday, although it took another two hours to actually find the plane in Fay Canyon.

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The hikers who saw the plane appear to go down said it looked like the fire was a result of the plane crash, although they didn't have a direct view of the crash site.

Due to the terrain, and the fire, authorities were unable to see the crash site from the air, and it wasn't until about 6 p.m. that fire crews on the ground found the crash site, and confirmed the deaths of four people on board, according to YCSO.

According to a statement from the Forest Service, the fire, named the Fay Fire, is burning about four miles northwest of Sedona.

There's already a fire burning in the area, named the Willard Fire. According to the Forest Service, that 1,800-acre, lightning-caused fire "is currently being managed for resource purposes."

The Forest Service says the Fay Fire "is currently moving to the north and smoke is following the same path as the Willard Fire."

"Multiple firefighting units are responding and have been ordered, including four Hotshot crews, three engines, two helicopters, an air attack unit and Sedona Fire," the Forest Service statement says.

There have already been multiple wildfires in the area this year.

First, the human-caused Slide Fire broke out near Slide Rock State Park, which eventually burned more than 20,000 acres before being contained in early June. A much smaller fire -- measured at about 7 acres -- broke out near the Junipine Resort off State Route 89A, but was quickly contained.

UPDATE 11:12 a.m.: The Forest Service says this morning that the fire is 25 acres in size, and 0 percent contained.

UPDATE July 22, 1:39 p.m.:

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