Boys Sentenced for Starting Fire

Boys Sentenced for Starting Fire

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(St. George-AP) -- The two boys who started last summer's Apex wildfire have been sentenced in St. George to four days in detention and 400 hours of community service.

The fire started June 28th burned more than 30 thousand acres in the Beaver Dam Mountains about ten miles south of Dixie National Forest. It cost two (M)million dollars to suppress the fire, and reseeding and restoration of the area was expected to cost another one-point-three (M)million dollars.

The youths appeared in court yesterday admitted to reckless burning, a class-A misdemeanor, and were sentenced by Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Higbee.

That is according to The Spectrum, which was allowed to have reporters present on the condition the youths not be identified.

Higbee said that the one small action by the youths, who were 16 at the time, was reckless and not smart but resulted in a large, disproportionate consequence.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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