Utah Men Accused of Causing Fire on National Forest Land

Wildfire broke out at an illegal shooting range

 

BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) — Two Utah men are being accused of causing a wildfire that broke out at an illegal shooting range on national forest land on the edge of Bountiful last summer.

Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges in district court in Salt Lake City last week against 48-year-old Jayson Ross Orvis and 41-year-old James Troy Golden.

Both face a single misdemeanor count of causing and failing to maintain control of a fire on a national forest.

Orvis, who lives in Bountiful, faces four additional counts accusing him of altering forest roads and structures without a permit while building a shooting pavilion, target shooting rail and outfitter tent.

No homes were destroyed or injuries reported. But the Aug. 29 fire forced the closure of several trails in City Creek Canyon and Bonneville Shoreline Mueller Park.

Court records don’t list attorneys for the defendants.

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