Judge to consider claims against cousins who started Wallow Fire
A judge in
Caleb and David Malboeuf pleaded guilty to accidentally starting the Wallow Fire in May 2011 by abandoning their campfire. The fire burned half a million acres in
The Malboeufs received community service as part of their sentence, and the two cousins could also be on the hook for up to $3.5 million.
The prosecution and defense have agreed on $3 million in damage claims, and a U.S. Magistrate in
The fire cost nearly $80 million to put out. The U.S. Forest Service has agreed not to seek repayment for that money, but it could launch a civil action against the Malboeufs.