Teen faces hefty price for starting Eagle Creek fire
The teenage boy responsible for starting the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge in September 2017 has been ordered to pay more than $36.6 million in restitution.
That's the amount set by Hood River County Circuit Court Judge John Olson on Monday, May 21.
"The court further finds that the youth cannot pay the judgment in full, and therefore authorizes the Hood River Juvenile Department to establish a payment schedule," Olson wrote in the ruling.
Olson added that the court may issue full or partial forgiveness of the restitution after 10 years if the boy completes probation, does not commit other offenses and follows through with the payment plan.
The boy, who was 15 when he started the fire by throwing fireworks into the Eagle Creek canyon, issued an apology during his sentencing in February 2018, when he admitted that he was guilty of 12 misdemeanors and received 1,920 hours of community service and five years of probation.
Because of his age, the court has protected the boy's identity.
During the restitution hearing on May 17, the state asked that the boy be order to pay for the following:
• $4,563.72 to Amanda Rosenkoetter
• $5,000 to Iris Schenk
• $8,111.44 to Allstate Insurance
• $8,793.14 to Anne Coxen
• $31,550.90 to Oregon State Parks
• $100,000 to Heuker Properties
• $168,000 to Trail Club of Oregon
• $1.05 million to Union Pacific Railroad
• $1.6 million to Oregon State Fire Marshal
• $12.5 million to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
• $21 million to the U.S. Forest Service.