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FARMINGTON — Police have issued a warrant for a man accused of negligently starting one of two residential fires last month in Kirtland that destroyed several homes.

Orville Arviso, 63, of Farmington, was charged April 27 in Farmington Magistrate Court with negligent arson, a fourth-degree felony.

Arviso is accused of burning weeds without a permit on April 22 at No. 7 County Road 6489 in Kirtland, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Arviso told a deputy with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office that he lost control of the fire after he stepped away to work on his tractor.

He said in the affidavit that he did not keep water nearby when he started the fire.

The fire spread to a residence at No. 9 County Road 6489 and destroyed two trailers and a mobile home, according to the affidavit.

The property owner estimated the damage at more than $10,000, the affidavit states.

The fire also consumed a utility pole and caused a power outage at the No. 9 residence, according to the affidavit.

Arviso remained free from custody Monday.

His bond is set at $1,500, according to court records.

Anthony Bill Jones, 44, of Kirtland, was previously charged with negligent arson in connection to a fire on April 23 at No. 4 County Road 6263.

Police believe Jones started that fire with a discarded cigarette. The blaze destroyed two mobile homes and five vehicles at the property.

Jones is scheduled to appear Thursday at a preliminary examination hearing.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644. 

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