Rim Country Fire-Starter Remains In Custody


The 21-year-old Camp Geronimo employee accused of lighting two small forest fires near the Control Road remains in custody pending trial, Mike Johns of the United States Attorney's Office said.

Stuart Jason Orr, an Ajo resident and former Eagle Scout who worked as a muzzle-loading director on the Boy Scout shooting range, has been accused by federal prosecutors of setting the Bray and Girl fires in mid-June.

June 24, a criminal complaint was filed against Orr and an initial appearance held before United States Magistrate Judge Virginia A. Mathis in Phoenix.

According to Johns, the decision of the court was to hold Mathis until his trial.

A trial date is "impossible to predict," Johns said.

There is, however, a "speedy trial" clock running that ensures Orr will receive a timely day in court, Johns said.

Johns would not reveal where Orr is being kept, "because it is a security issue."

If convicted of the two counts of setting a fire on public lands he's been charged with, he faces a maximum five-year prison term, a $250,000 fine or both, for each of the counts.

Orr's prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Dokken of Phoenix.

Orr allegedly set the first of the two fires, the Bray, June 20 on the south side of the Control Road. It was quickly discovered and suppressed by Tonto National Forest employees.

According to reports compiled by Special Agent Pancho Smith the case investigator Forest Service employee Marty Rose discovered, reported and suppressed the Girl fire June 22 near the junction of Forest Road 32 and the Control Road.

According to Smith's report, Rose was traveling on FR32 when he noticed a small truck driven by a single male traveling towards the Control Road.

Minutes later, Rose spotted the fire.

The following day, Rose and Patrol Captain Tom Lister located the truck Rose had seen. It was parked at Geronimo Boy Scout camp.

Smith conducted two interviews with Orr who later admitted starting both fires with a disposable lighter,

Orr told Smith he tied the lighter to a rock and threw it into the lake at camp. Orr did not give authorities a reason for trying to start the fires.

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