Loma woman sentenced for starting 2011 Ruby Canyon Fire

A woman accused of starting a fire in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area in March 2011 was sentenced earlier this week to jail time and ordered to pay restitution, according to officials.

Ami Lyn Thompson, 41, of Loma, admitted to starting two fires, igniting what would be later named the Ruby Canyon Fire, according to Bureau of Land Management officials and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She was sentenced earlier this week to serve five days in jail, with credit for time served, followed by one year of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay nearly $15,000 in restitution, payable to the BLM.

According to a plea agreement, Thompson entered an area near the Colorado River on March 20, 2011, and while there, lit a series of fires with the intent of burning weeds. When the fire got out of control, nearby public lands ignited and required the response of emergency personnel.

Read the full story in the Saturday edition of the Daily Sentinel.


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