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Woman Starts $7.9M Fire To Give Her Firefighter Friends Something To Do

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An Oregon woman has admitted to starting a $7.9 million wildfire in May 2013 in Warm Spring Indian Reservation, ultimately burning more than 51,000 acres and causing mass evacuations.

Sadie Renee Johnson, 23, pleaded guilty to setting brush and timber on fire.

Two days later she posted on Facebook: “Like my fire?”

She allegedly told police she started the blaze because her firefighter friends needed work.

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Johnson reportedly said she only meant to burn 30,000 acres. She said she thought it would be put out in two days.

The fire caused around $7,902,000 in damage, which she will have to pay back.

U.S. Department of Justice released the details of her case in hopes of stopping similar criminal behavior.

On July 20, 2013, Johnson allegedly lit a firework while she was riding in a car on Route 3. She tossed the firework out of the window and the fire was reported 15 minutes later.

Johnson, who is being held at the Columbia County Jail, is due to be sentenced on Sept. 3.

Sources: Daily Mail, Huffington Post

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