Bannock County prosecutors are officially charging two 8-year-olds for starting the Drive-In Fire that destroyed one home and more than 1,200 acres of land and earlier this month.
At the time of the fire, Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen said detectives believed the kids started the blaze after playing with matches behind the Rocking R Mobile Home Park. Although three kids were present, investigators determined only two were responsible.
Those two will face charges of arson in the third degree, which is a felony. They’ll face up to 180 days in a juvenile detention center, possible restitution and likely hours upon hours of community service.
The BLM estimated the cost of fighting the fire at $750,000, but that figure doesn’t include cleanup costs or the costs from the several other agencies that helped out. The boys’ parents will have to foot the bill if the judge orders any restitution.
[via Local News 8]