Arizona

Apr 17, 2014 3:29 PM

Arizona's homeless recruited to watch for forest fires

The fire danger in parts of Arizona is critical right now.

So forest and county managers are getting creative on how to prevent wildfires.

They've created a program called Woods Watch and they're recruiting homeless people who will be camping out in the woods.

Homeless people like Philip Rodefeld will be pitching a tent and setting up camp outdoors.

If a wildfire were to spark he just may be the first one on scene.

As part of the "woods Watch" program, Rodefeld and others will be given a cell phone so they car report a blaze if one breaks out.

Fire crews are hoping their eyes and ears will give them an advantage when it comes to finding and fighting a fire faster.

This year's program kicks-off at a perfect time as parts of the state are under a fire ban beginning Friday.

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