Close-up of an infernal forest fire that destroys an entire area of trees and bush

Judge Orders Teen to Repay $36.6M for Starting Wildfire

Is the judgment against the 15-year-old a bit over the top?

May 21, 2018 - 5:56 pm

A 15-year-old from Vancouver, Wash., may need a summer job to help pay some bills -- especially the one a judge just handed down to him.

Judge John A. Olson ordered the teen who tossed fireworks while hiking last year to pay $36,618,330.24 for his actions, which sparked a wildfire in Oregon.

The boy can set up a payment plan, though payments can be halted after 10 years as long as he complies, completes probation and doesn't commit other crimes.

The boy was sentenced to five years probation and 1,920 hours of community service with the Forest Service.