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Teen Who Started Oregon Wildfire With Firecracker Ordered To Pay $36.6 Million

The teen who plead guilty to starting last year’s destructive Eagle Creek Fire in Oregon has been ordered to pay roughly $36.6 million to cover damages caused by the blaze, CBS affiliate KOIN-TV reports. The boy, who was 15 at the time, said he started the fire by throwing a lit firecracker into the woods in September. District Judge John Olson issued his decision in Hood River County Court Monday after a lawyer for the teen argued that the cost of restitution was “absurd.” Olson said his judgment does not violate the constitution and is “clearly proportionate to the offense” because “it does not exceed the financial damages caused by the youth.”The fire burned more than 48,000 acres of…