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Man responsible for Bountiful wildfire agrees to pay nearly $400K

By Dennis Romboy, KSL | Updated - Feb 11th, 2019 @ 6:34pm | Posted - Feb 11th, 2019 @ 1:45pm

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BOUNTIFUL — A man responsible for igniting a fire on the Bountiful bench nearly two years ago has agreed to pay suppression costs in a settlement with the federal government.

Jayson Ross Orvis, of Bountiful, will pay $395,914, including, $14,123 for environmental remediation associated with multiple encroachments on U.S. Forest Service property in addition to the fire damage, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

"This settlement fully compensates the public for the expense of fighting the fire and restoring these public lands,” U.S. Attorney John W. Huber said.

James Troy Golden, a man Orvis hired to do work on his property, sparked the blaze while using a power grinder in August 2017. The flames quickly spread to the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, consuming 75 acres.

Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against Golden and Orvis for starting the fire. Orvis also faced four counts of altering roads or structures on forest land without a permit for allegedly building a shooting pavilion, 50-foot target shooting rail, outfitter tent and utility vehicle road.

Prosecutors have dropped the criminal case.

Orvis also agreed to $560 for two Forest Service violations that prohibit constructing, placing and maintaining structures without a permit on national forest land. Golden paid $280 for a violation for carelessly and negligently placing an ignited substance that may cause a fire, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The fire did not threaten homes and no injuries were reported but it closed parts of City Creek Canyon, Bonneville Shoreline, Mueller Park and North Canyon trails.

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