More than 48,000 acres were torched after a 15-year old tossed a firecracker and ignited last year’s deadly Eagle Creek Fire. A total of 11 claims were submitted, ranging from $8,111.14 by Allstate Insurance to more than $21 million in expenses from the US Forest Service. In his opinion, Hood River County Circuit Court Judge John Olson wrote that the judgment was “clearly proportionate to the offense because it does not exceed the financial damages caused by the youth.” Earlier this year, the teenager was sentenced to five years’ probation. He must also perform 1,920 hours of community service with the US Forest Service.
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News Desk, Timberland
Oregon Judge Orders Teenager to Pay $36 Million
With the acquisition of Seneca Jones Timber, Sierra Pacific Industries becomes America’s largest private landowner with 2.33 million acres of timberland in California, Oregon, and Washington.