In settlement man agrees to pay nearly $400,000 for fire in Utah

The fire burned 75 acres near Bountiful, Utah in 2017

Bountiful Fire Utah
Bountiful Fire, August 29, 2017, near Bountiful, Utah. Screenshot from KSL 5 TV video.

A man has agreed to pay $395,914 in a settlement for suppression and other costs associated with the 75-acre Bountiful Fire that started August 29, 2017 near Bountiful, Utah.

The fire ignited on Jayson Ross Orvis’ Bountiful Bench Hillside Hollow Circle property and quickly spread to the adjacent Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.  It was caused by sparks from a power grinder used by James Golden, who was hired by Mr. Orvis to do work on his property.

The settlement includes a $14,123 payment for environmental remediation costs associated with multiple encroachments on U.S. Forest Service property in addition to the fire damage. Additionally, Mr. Orvis has forfeited $560 for two Forest Service violations that prohibit constructing, placing and maintaining structures without a permit on national forest land. During the fire investigation, it was determined that Mr. Orvis had placed a shooting pavilion and an outfitter tent on the national forest land.

“This settlement fully compensates the public for the expense of fighting the fire and restoring these public lands,” U.S. Attorney John W. Huber said today.

KSL 5 TV shot 20-minutes of video footage from a helicopter not long after the fire started. This is in addition to the 2-minute KSL video below.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.