What's Up?


Q: Do forest rangers, firemen or police look for campfires at night, when campers or partyers would be more likely to burn them?

A: "Yes," said Dan Eckstein, assistant fire management officer for the Payson Ranger District.

"Most of the fire personnel work during the hottest part of the day. Generally they are not out patrolling at night. Our law enforcement people, several of them, come on later and work until 11 or midnight. They are out checking for partyers and campfires.

"When we get in critical fire danger, we bring in severity law enforcement, either using Gila County or more forest service law enforcement. They all have staggered shifts, especially on Friday and Saturday nights when there are more people out in the woods."

Sheriff's posses and sheriff's deputies are also out at that time checking for campfires according to Eckstein.

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