Utah man agrees to pay nearly $400K for 2017 wildfire
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man has agreed to pay nearly $400,000 for a wildfire that spread to national forest land north of Salt Lake City.
The U.S. attorney’s office says Jayson Ross Orvis of Bountiful agreed to the settlement for the August 2017 fire that burned about 75 acres (30 hectares).
Orvis had hired a man to work on his property. Sparks from a power grinder the man was using ignited the blaze that spread to the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
The settlement amount includes a $14,123 payment for environmental remediation costs.
U.S. Attorney John W. Huber says in a statement the agreement “fully compensates the public for the expense of fighting the fire and restoring these public lands.”
Criminal charges against the men have been dismissed.
Today’s Top Stories
- Utah Tech student dies after falling from fifth-story balcony
- Avalanche at Snowbird caused by skier, no injuries
- After a cold November, Utah prepares for another storm
- ‘Sketched out’ University of Idaho students return to campus from break with…
- Lehi building placed on false lockdown after report of unconcealed gun
- BYU students win international award for video game
- Bingham High students build intricate gingerbread cathedral
- 21-year-old woman killed in Provo hit-and-run
- 12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]
- Is forcing the homeless into treatment the answer?