the republic logo

Man who started wildfire that prompted evacuations in SW Colorado ordered to pay $200K

Share/Save/Bookmark

CORTEZ, Colorado — A 55-year-old Dolores man who started a wildfire that prompted evacuations in southwest Colorado has been ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution.

The Cortez Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1xwsx01 ) defendant Roger Stratton did not contest the amount, more than half of which — $109,000 — will go to the U.S. Forest Service. He is solely dependent on Social Security benefits, so he isn't expected to pay off the total restitution amount anytime soon.

Stratton, who pleaded guilty to fourth-degree arson, acknowledged burning leaves on his property when the wind caused the fire to spread out of control. The Roatcap Fire burned more than 400 acres and prompted evacuations of about 30 homes in Montezuma County after it started Oct. 24, 2012.


Information from: Cortez Journal, http://www.cortezjournal.com/

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

All comments are moderated before posting. Your email address must be verified with Disqus in order for your comment to appear.
View our commenting guidelines and FAQ's here.

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.