Man charged for allegedly starting Sunflower fire - Tucson News Now

Man charged for allegedly starting Sunflower fire

(Source: Paul Cutler) (Source: Paul Cutler)
PAYSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A 23-year-old man from Mesa is facing charges for allegedly igniting the Sunflower fire.

According to a complaint in federal district court, Steven Craig Shiflet traveled to the Sycamore Creek area with four friends for a campout and bachelor party on May 11.

According to the complaint, the group had been shooting at targets on May 12. Allegedly, Shiflet loaded an incendiary shotgun shell into a shotgun and fired. Smoke reportedly appeared in brush just behind where the shot was fire. The men were unable to put out the flames.

The Sunflower fire burned nearly 18,000 acres south of Payson throughout the month of May.

Shiflet was charged on June 22. He could face up to six months in jail.

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