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Prescott Ponders Life After Yarnell Hill Disaster

An editorial appeared Sunday in the Prescott (Arizona) News asking a rather sobering question:  in light of $65 million in claims against the City of Prescott and $273 million in claims against various governmental entities following the Yarnell Hill Fire ...

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Former Minnesota Chief Pleads Guilty to Arson

A former Minnesota fire chief has pled guilty to federal arson charges. Ryan Scharber, formerly the fire chief for the City of Babbitt, pled guilty in US District Court last Friday to two charges: one count of setting fires on ...

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Montana Chief In Hot Water Over Open Burning

An assistant fire chief from a small town in Montana has been charged with negligent arson, official misconduct, and operating on a suspended license following a fire last April that damaged several vehicles, storage sheds, timbers, plywood, flooring, windows, and ...

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Maine Firefighter Pleads Guilty to Arson

A volunteer firefighter suspected in a series of fires in Maine last summer, accepted a plea agreement last week and began serving a prison term. Timothy Tiess, 37, of the Pleasant Point Fire Department, was charged with five counts of ...

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Follow Up on California Wildland Arson Case

Earlier this week, we covered the case of US Forest Service firefighter Daniel Mariano Madrigal, who was charged in state court with arson for setting a wildland fire on July 25, 2010. Madrigal’s attorney, Salvador Silva, admitted that his client ...

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