On Friday, May 22 at about 1 a.m., police and fire crews were called to a small fire in the dirt area next to the Family Dollar Store on Commercial Way. The responding officer deployed a fire extinguisher on the flames until Bullhead City firefighters arrived on scene to completely put out the fire. A witness reported seeing a man ignite the bushes on fire and then walk away.
The description of the male suspect matched Tyler Michael Ziilch, 39, who was being arrested nearby at Circle K on Marina Boulevard for criminal trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ziilch had previously been trespassed from the location and had a marijuana pipe in his backpack.
Ziilch told officers that he lit the bushes on fire because he was “bored.” He was additionally charged with reckless burning and booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.
REMINDER: The National Weather Service has issued a Wind & Fire concern caution today. Burning of any weeds or vegetation within city limits is prohibited and illegal. As the temperature rises and overgrown weeds and vegetation are drying out, this combination turns into the perfect fuel for brush fires. It only takes one spark on dry grass or vegetation to start a brush or wildfire.