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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Teen Ordered to Pay More Than $36 Million for Starting Oregon Wildfire

In a six-page ruling, Circuit Court Judge John A. Olson on Monday upheld all but a fraction of the $36.6 million in restitution requested by the Hood River County District Attorney’s Office that a Vancouver youth pay for damages in the September 2017 Eagle Creek, Ore., fire.

The youth, who turns 16 this month and set the 48,000-acre blaze with fireworks, will be required, formally, to repay the amount, but realistically, Olson averred, the restitution bill serves a purpose beyond financial remuneration. In his ruling, Olson invoked the statutory aim of “responsibility, accountability, and reformation.”

“In short, I’m satisfied that the restitution ordered in this case bears a sufficient relationship to the gravity of the offense for which the youth is adjudicated,” Olson wrote.

Read more at Hood River News

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