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Man who caused big wildfire gets the bill
The Horsethief Canyon Fire burned about 3,500 acres last summer near Jackson. U.S. Forest Service

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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