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Teens admit their campfire sparked Douglas Co. blaze
by Associated Press
Aug 30, 2011 | 2149 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — Two teenage Nevada boys admitted their campfire sparked the blaze that threatened homes in Douglas County, including one that belongs to the judge who will decide their fate on a reduced criminal charge.

The Record-Courier reports the two 15-year-olds told District Judge Dave Gamble on Tuesday they thought the campfire was out when they left on Aug. 16 south of Gardnerville. They said they stomped on it and even peed on it.

The wildfire burned 3,900 acres, threatening homes in the Pine Nut Mountains where Judge Gamble lives.

An arson charge was reduced. The teens admitted to a single count of gross negligence for destruction of timber, crops or vegetation.

They’ll remain in custody until a Sept. 13 hearing when Gamble can add more time or release them on probation.
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