(KPNX) 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.