The teen who started the Eagle Creek Fire has a big restitution payment facing him. A Hood River County judge released an opinion today ordering the boy to pay more than 36-million dollars to victims of last year's Columbia River Gorge blaze. "OregonLive" reports that the judge also pointed out "safety valves" in Oregon law that allow the payments to stop after ten years if the kid doesn't get into any more trouble. The teenager is on five years probation after admitting that he started the 49-thousand-acre inferno with carelessly thrown fireworks.
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