Fireman admits setting blaze
Faces 10 years for starting 'Rodeo' fire

Dennis Wagner and Christina Leonard
The Arizona Republic
Oct. 21, 2003 12:00 AM

A Cibecue firefighter may face 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to setting last summer's "Rodeo" fire that merged with another blaze to become the most devastating wildfire in Arizona history.

Leonard Gregg, 31, confessed to two counts of arson during a hearing before U.S. District Judge James Teilborg.

Gregg, a contract firefighter with the White Mountain Apache Tribe, told investigators he set fires so he could make money doing hotshot work, and because he was upset about his parents' chronic alcoholism.

On the morning of June 18, 2002, Gregg lit the "Pi