Man arrested in connection to Pipeline Fire suspected of burning toilet paper


A 57-year-old man arrested Sunday in connection to the Pipeline Fire admitted he burned toilet paper and put it under a rock in the area the wildfire was reported burning at the Coconino National Forest, according to court documents.

The Pipeline Fire burning six miles north of Flagstaff was reported Sunday morning and was about 5,000 acres as of noon on Monday. It was described burning brush and trees in the area of NFSR 9002 and NFS trail 433. 

Court documents state a deputy from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office stopped Matthew Riser who was seen driving “rapidly” away from the wildfire in a white pickup truck. Riser told the deputy he was camping in the area and saw the fire.

He said he burned the toilet paper he had used at noon Saturday— the day before the wildfire was reported— but didn’t think it would “smolder all night,” according to court documents. He also said he hadn’t seen the “no campfires” signs.