JACKSON, WY – No one likes having to foot the bill, especially if it’s a big one. But calling the bill a Wyoming man got “big” is a major understatement.
James G. Anderson, 77, is being billed $6.3 million by the U.S. Forest Service. They’re blaming Anderson for starting a massive forest fire near Jackson on September 8, 2012. Investigators say Anderson admitted to placing dry leaves and twigs in a barrel to burn, but the fire got out of control and spread.
While $6 million is a hefty fine, it’s actually a lot more.
$3.8 million is for the Forest Service.
$2 million is for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
$64,000 is owed to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
$154,000 is for the National Park Service.
$252,000 is for the State of Wyoming and Teton County.
That all rounds off to about $9 million.
No criminal charges have been filed, but it looks like Anderson should have just taken Smokey the Bear’s advice.