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Reader: Should Hewlett fire starter pay millions after Forest Service's North Fork mistake?

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As the Hewlett fire near Fort Collins wound down, we noted that James Weber, who admits to accidentally starting it, may be on the hook for restitution in the $3 million range. One reader questions the fairness of such a charge given that the Colorado Forest Service concedes a prescribed burn sparked the Lower North Fork Fire just a couple of months back.

Rachel writes:

I agree completely. Ruining someone financially for an accident is not justice. Community service and a REASONABLE restitution is appropriate. The fire in Denver last month was started by the forest service and destroyed lives and homes. Are they paying restitution?

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