Border Patrol Agent to Get Probation for Arizona Wildfire

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
October 2, 2018USshare

TUCSON, Ariz.—A Border Patrol agent will have to serve probation for starting a southern Arizona wildfire while he was off duty.

Federal prosecutors announced on Sept. 28, that 37-year-old Dennis Dickey, of Tucson, has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. He will face five years probation and make a public service announcement about the fire.

Dickey was target shooting near Green Valley in April 2017 when he put an explosive powder inside a target.

Shots struck the target, causing a fast-moving fire.

Authorities say the blaze burned more than 45,000 acres of state and federal land. The damage was estimated to be more than $8 million.

Dickey reported the fire immediately and admitted to starting it.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 9.

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