Jogger tries to break flames, McDowell Fire

Near Fountain Hills, AZ.

Jogger tries to break flames, McDowell Fire
Aerial video showed a jogger among the flames near Fountain Hills, AZ. apparently trying to create a fire break. (Source: AZ Family)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Ground crews and air tankers are on their way to fight a lightning-sparked fire in the McDowell Mountain Regional Park north of Fountain Hills. The fire started Thursday night as a strong monsoon storm swept through the area.

Aerial video showed a jogger among the flames apparently trying to create a fire break. Arizona's Family tracked him down a few hours later. It turns out Scott Pasmore and Trevor Murphy have a friend in common.

Murphy told Pasmore that he's training for a 100-mile ultra marathon in October and was out on his usual 10- to 20-mile morning run.

"I'm out on that trail mostly every day," Murphy explained. He said he wanted to keep the flames from spreading across the trail and heading into another part of the preserve.

 'This gives new meaning to Burning Man.'

He said he wasn't worried about the possibly of being trapped by the flames.

"It was kind of working in one direction and I felt like it was already pretty under control," Murphy continued. "I just wanted to make sure it didn't cross the trail and head north towards Tom's Thumb. No one was out there and I felt like I could do my part, what little help maybe I did."

Some had speculated that Murphy might have been an off-duty firefighter or have some experience in that arena. Nope. He said he used to play golf professionally and now is in real estate.

While he wasn't hurt, Murphy didn't walk away unscathed.

“The soles of my shoes are melted [and I have] lots of singed hair,” he said.

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