Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Eagle Creek wildfire: Oregon judge orders a teenager to pay more than $36m



A judge has ordered a teenager to pay more than $36m (£27m) after he admitted starting a huge forest fire that raged for months in the US state of Oregon.

 
Hood River County Judge John Olson ruled the boy must also write apology notes to 152 people who were trapped on hiking trails by the conflagration.


The Eagle Creek fire burned for nearly three months in the scenic Columbia River Gorge, destroying several homes.


A lawyer for the 15-year-old called the amount "absurd" and "absolutely silly".


In February, the boy - who is not named in court documents - admitted to throwing a firework on 2 September 2017 into the tinder-dry Eagle Creek Canyon - about 50 miles (80km) from Portland.
The resulting inferno engulfed 48,000 acres and cost fire crews $18m to fight.





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