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Case of Jacob City Fire suspect dismissed

Nov 25, 2022, 11:49 AM | Updated: Mar 28, 2023, 5:47 pm

Prosecutors are dismissing the case against a man accused of starting the Jacob City Fire in July....

Prosecutors are dismissing the case against a man accused of starting the Jacob City Fire in July. (Photo: Bureau of Land Management, West Desert District)

(Photo: Bureau of Land Management, West Desert District)

TOOELE, Utah — Prosecutors are dismissing the case against a man accused of starting the Jacob City Fire in July.

Gary D Carr was charged with two misdemeanors in the 3rd District Court for his alleged role in the fire’s ignition. One count of reckless burning and another of recklessly causing a catastrophe, both have formally been dismissed.

Carr also had a $2,500 bond that was exonerated.

In July, police said Carr called authorities saying his generator caught fire.

According to police, Carr told them he plugged a saw into a generator, and then an RV into the generator. Police said the power cord of the saw was cut and taped back together.

Carr allegedly put down the saw near a sealed gas can just minutes before hearing a pop and seeing flames in nearby trees.

The fire burned more than 4,000 acres and cost an estimated $5.2 million just to extinguish.

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