RENO, Nev. (AP) - Two 15-year-old boys were sentenced to probation for sparking a wildfire that burned six square miles south of Gardnerville and cost an estimated $2.8 million to put out.
Douglas County District Court Judge David Gamble on Tuesday
ordered the teens to complete 500 hours of fire-related community
The Ray May Fire began Aug. 16 after the boys didn't properly extinguish a campfire at a makeshift fort.
KTVN-TV in Reno reported the teens pleaded guilty to gross negligence.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/oiX72M ) theboys apologized. Their lawyer characterized the fire as an accident.
Several structures burned, including one unoccupied Bureau of
Land Management dwelling, a seasonal guest house on private land
and at least five outbuildings.