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Oregon Judge Orders Teenager to Pay $36 Million in Restitution for Starting Massive Wildfire in 2017

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


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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