Published On: Tue, May 22nd, 2018

Oregon Teen Who Sparked Massive Wildfire By Playing With Fireworks Must Repay $36 Million, Judge Rules

Oregon Teen Who Started Wildfire By Playing With Fireworks Must Repay $  36M To Cover Damages, Judge Rules

An Oregon teen who accidentally started a massive wildfire by playing with fireworks in the Columbia River Gorge must repay the $ 36 million it cost to put out the blaze, a judge ruled this week.

On Monday, Hood River County Circuit Judge John A. Olson ruled that the 15-year-old must repay a total of $ 36,618,330.24 to a number of victims including the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Department of Transportation, the Associated Press noted. The boy had previously admitted that he threw fireworks into the Eagle Creek Canyon gorge back in September, sparking a fire that led to evacuations and burned more than 48,000 acres in Mount Hood National Forest.

The Oregon wildfire damaged a popular tourist area, with the U.S. Forest Service saying that 121 miles of national forest trails were damaged, King 5 News reported. The fire also stranded a group of hikers, who had to be rescued.

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Oregon Teen Who Sparked Massive Wildfire By Playing With Fireworks Must Repay $36 Million, Judge Rules