Woman
 convicted 
in McInnis 
wildfire

A woman convicted 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.

Ami Lyn Thompson, 41, of Loma, admitted to starting two fires and igniting what was later named the Ruby Canyon Fire, according to 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 Bureau of Land Management.

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 on privately owned land.

When the fire got out of control, nearby public lands ignited and required the response of emergency personnel.


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