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Holden man charged in connection with weekend wildfire

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Posted: Oct 7, 2010 5:25 PM by Heather Harel
Updated: Oct 7, 2010 5:44 PM
Source: Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry

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Topics: Holden, misdemeanor, Livingston, Parish, fire, debris, timber, criminal, negligence

A Holden man was charged with a misdemeanor today in connection with a 450-acre Livingston Parish fire last weekend.

Authorities said 52-year-old Charlie Sibley burned a debris pile at his house last Friday and put it out with water. The next morning, he left the area, and the fire rekindled. The timber damage was estimated at $500,000.

“Due to drought conditions, low humidity and high winds, a statewide outdoor burn ban was issued over the weekend. It doesn’t take much for a small fire to get out of control,” said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, DVM.

Since last Friday, Strain and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry crews have already responded to 164 fires that burned more than 3,470 acres.

Sibley was cited for criminal negligence. If convicted, he faces a maximum fine of $300 or 30 days in prison, or both.

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