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Man accused of starting Brian Head fire due in court

By Linda Williams, | Posted - Aug. 15, 2017 at 11:32 a.m.

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CEDAR CITY — The man accused of sparking the Brian Head fire is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

Robert Lyman, of Taylorsville, faces charges for reckless burning and burning without a permit.

Officials said Lyman tried to use a weed torch to clear part of the property surrounding his Brian Head cabin June 17. The fire spread from there and burned more than 71,000 acres.

The fire destroyed 13 homes, forced the evacuation of about 1,500 people and cost $40 million to fight, making it the most expensive wildfire in Utah to date.

If convicted on a reckless burning charge, Lyman could face up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. A count of burning without a permit carries up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Officials have said the person who started the fire could be responsible for the costs of fighting it, though any move to recoup firefighting costs would come later.

Contributing: Associated Press

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