Butte man cited after fire burns 15 acres

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2008

PALMER - A 67-year-old man from Butte was cited after a fire burned more than 15 acres east of Palmer.

Lynn Sandvik was cited on a charge of having an inadequate firebreak and allowing the fire to spread on March 27.

The fire was one of three that broke out in Butte late last month. Wind pushed the fire into nearby brush and trees, and onto land owned by the state, officials said.

Fewer than a half-dozen people in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough are typically cited each year for allowing fires to grow out of control, officials with the state Forestry Division said.

Sandvik faces fines, and may also have to reimburse the state for firefighting costs.

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