Hewlett fire photos: James Weber on hook for $300 fine, $2.9 million in restitution?

At this writing, the Hewlett fire near Fort Collins is almost 90 percent contained, with the soggy weather over the weekend helping to give firefighters the upper hand.

The sooner they mop up the destructive blaze, the more quickly the meter stops running for James Weber, who'll be asked to help pay for putting it out after admitting to starting it.

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