Man accused of starting wildfire says someone else did it 'because they don't like him'
The man arrested for starting a small wildfire in east Anchorage this week told police that someone else must have started it "because they don't like him," according to court documents.
Fifty-year-old Kevin Slats is charged with three misdemeanors related to the Friday incident. Officers with the Anchorage Police Department saw smoke and flames coming from a wooded area near East Tudor Road and Elmore Road about 8 a.m.
APD contacted the Anchorage Fire Department, which was already combating the MLK Jr. Fire in the same area, and AFD was able to extinguish the blaze.
"The defendant was observed crawling away from the fire and appeared highly intoxicated at [8:15 a.m.]," the charging documents state.
Slats' bail is set at $250.
Court records list him as "homeless;" police say Slats' campfire is the source of the fire, as evidenced by his scorched backpack, tent and alcohol containers in the area.
The documents say Slats told police he didn't know there was a burn ban in effect.
The following are always prohibited within the municipality of Anchorage:
- Burn barrels
- Burning trash, garbage, construction materials or other non-cured firewood
- Burning of yard debris like leaves, grass, tree limbs; these should be disposed of with curbside trash pickup, the Solid Waste Services transfer site, a land fill or wood lot
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