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Posted: 10/13/2004 1:42:02 AM EDT
Well, that's one way to ruin your day life.


Teen to Get Bill for $10M for Wildfire

Mon Oct 11, 7:41 PM ET

WENATCHEE, Wash. - The U.S. Forest Service said it plans to bill a teenager about $10 million to pay the costs of fighting a 16,000-acre wildfire.

Ryan Unger, 18, was cited last month for operating an off-road vehicle without a spark arrester, which officials believe started the August blaze in central Washington. Besides burning thousands of acres, the fire destroyed one home.

The Forest Service is required by law to try to recover costs of fighting forest fires. The state Department of Natural Resources has paid about one-third of the total $14.9 million it took to extinguish the blaze.

"It's not something we take pleasure in," said Maureen Hanson, administrative officer for the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests. "We understand a lot of these people don't go out to start a fire."

Unger's father said the family would not comment when reached by phone Monday.

Steve DeFolo, financial manager for the national forests, said the Forest Service usually works with an individual's insurance company to negotiate a settlement.
Link Posted: 10/13/2004 1:45:02 AM EDT
Time to declare bankruptcy
Link Posted: 10/13/2004 1:51:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Taxman:
Time to declare bankruptcy

no shit
Link Posted: 10/13/2004 1:55:39 AM EDT
Serves his ass right.... might as well just shoot himself... he'll be in debt for life.
Link Posted: 10/13/2004 4:19:24 AM EDT
How can they pick out one dude and say he was operating without a spark arrestor and started the fire? How much evidence can there be?

Link Posted: 10/13/2004 4:42:22 AM EDT
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