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Man who caused big wildfire gets the bill

Man who caused big wildfire gets the bill

Nov 27, 2013 - The Associated Press

JACKSON -- The man believed to have ignited the Horsethief Canyon wildfire has received a bill from the U.S. Forest Service for some of the cost of putting it out.

76-year-old James Anderson Jr. received a "letter of demand" associated with the fire.

The U.S. attorney's office and the Bridger-Teton National Forest have not stated exactly how much the federal government is seeking. The total cost of the 10-day fight in 2012 to control the fire came to about $9 million.

A Forest Service investigation determined the fire sparked after someone burned trash in a rusted-out barrel at the Anderson home in the Little Horsethief subdivision.

Anderson's son, James Anderson III, owns the property.

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