ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A man is facing federal charges after investigators say he started a fire near the Petroglyphs. Park Service officers received reports of the arson near the volcanoes day-use area late Saturday morning and quickly tracked down the suspect, Dominic Thomas.


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According to a criminal complaint, Thomas admitted to starting fires nine to ten times because he was mad and bored. Investigators say the fire burned 23 fence posts and about a quarter acre.