BRIEF: Exploding targets cause of Goat Fire
PATEROS, Feb 05, 2013 (The Wenatchee World - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Exploding targets is the cause of the Goat Fire, a wildfire that burned nearly 7,400 acres and threatened communications towers near Pateros this summer.
Forest Service officials previously said two smaller fires -- a 120-acre blaze in Mud Creek Entiat and one on Deadman Hill near Cashmere -- may also have been ignited by exploding targets.
The U.S. Attorney's Office is reviewing the U.S. Forest Service investigation into the Goat Fire near Pateros, said Forest Service spokesman Tom Knappenberger.
He said criminal charges could be filed later.
Anyone convicted of igniting the blaze could also be required to pay for suppression costs and other damages.
The Goat Fire burned mostly on Forest Service land, but also charred some private property and Bureau of Land Management land.
Emergency service towers, cellular phone towers, local television broadcast equipment, and buried power lines were threatened in the fire that burned from Sept. 15 until Nov. 9.
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