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Brenda Cameron

Kenai, AK: (Aug-12-07) The state filed charges against Brenda Cameron, alleging that she was responsible for starting a wildfire off Cohoe Loop in 2006. The suit included three misdemeanor charges against Cameron for being in violation of terms of a burn permit, inadequate fire break, and uncontrolled spread/damage to the property of another. The criminal charges were filed following a wildfire that started when a brush pile fire Cameron was burning reportedly got away from her. The fire, which began May 22, 2006, burned for more than a week through a heavily forested area of Cohoe Loop, burning at least one shed.

According to the Alaska Division of Forestry, by state statute, one may bill the person responsible for starting a wildfire as much as twice the cost of the initial response. The cost of the initial attack would include the cost of Central Emergency Services responders, two helicopters, multiple air tanker flights and the retardant they dropped, and the smoke jumpers who came in to help battle the blaze. In a settlement reached, Cameron's insurance company agreed to pay $83,761 in exchange for the state dropping all criminal charges against Cameron. [PENINSULA CLARION NEWS: WILDFIRE FINE]

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Published on Aug-14-07


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