Oct 8, 2010 8:09 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry announces charges in separate forest fires in Livingston and Sabine parishes.
Mike Strain says 52-year-old Charlie Sibley of Holden was cited Thursday for criminal negligence in a wildfire that burned 450 acres in Livingston Parish. If convicted, Sibley faces a maximum fine of $300 and 30 days in jail.
Strain says 30-year-old Jesse Dale Miller of Many was booked Wednesday on two counts of simple arson. He allegedly set four fires that burned one acre in Sabine Parish.
The bigger fire started with a debris fire Oct. 1. Strain says Sibley poured water on it, but it rekindled Oct. 2, burning Weyerhaeuser Co. timber worth an estimated $500,000.
Strain says Miller allegedly torched trees across his street from each other Monday afternoon and set two more fires Tuesday - one of which he led firefighters to.