Settlement reached with Bountiful man in 2017 fire on U.S. National Forest land

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A settlement has been reached in a civil claim filed against a Bountiful man for costs associated with a fire in 2017.

Jayson Ross Orvis has agreed to pay $395,914 to settle the claim brought against him by the United States for the fire that occurred on August 29, 2017, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney. 

The settlement includes a $14,123 payment for costs associated with multiple property right violations on U.S. Forest Service property. 

The settlement is not an admission of liability by Orvis nor a concession by the United States that its claims are not well founded.

“This settlement fully compensates the public for the expense of fighting the fire and restoring these public lands,” U.S. Attorney John W. Huber said today.

The fire was on Orvis’ Bountiful Bench Hillside Hollow Circle property and quickly spread to the adjacent Salt Lake Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

Officials say the fire was caused by sparks emitted from a power grinder used by James Golden, who was hired by Mr. Orvis to do work on his property.

Orvis forfeited $560 for two Forest Service violations that prohibit constructing, placing and maintaining structures without a permit on national forest land.

During the fire investigation, it was determined that Orvis had placed a shooting pavilion and an outfitter tent on the national forest land.

Golden also forfeited $280 for a violation for carelessly and negligently placing an ignited substance that may cause a fire.

The criminal Information in this matter has been dismissed.

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