Hiker Who Started 230-Acre Fire To Attract Rescuers Fined $300K

  • An Arizona hiker owes nearly $300,000 after he reportedly started a 230-acre forest fire in 2018 as a survival attempt to attract rescuers.
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Camille D. Bibles fined Philip Powers III, 37, $293,413.71  plus a $70 special assessment fee after ruling that he set the area ablaze as a result of insufficiently preparing for his hike through the Prescott and Coconino forests in Arizona.
  • Powers will have to make a $200 monthly payment to settle his debt, taking upwards of 120 years to pay them off completely.