Cousins charged in Arizona's Wallow Fire to appear in court

Wallow Fire 10% Contained

Credit: US Forest Service, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

CH-54A Sikorsky Helicopter Photo taken by Jayson Coil (www.jaysoncoil.com) with the Southwest Area Incident Management Team.

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on September 19, 2011 at 8:45 AM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Two cousins accused of accidentally causing the largest wildfire in Arizona history are set to appear in court Monday in Flagstaff.

Caleb and David Malboeuf are scheduled for initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Mark Aspey.

U.S Forest Service investigators say the men were camping in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest when their campfire spread outside its fire ring on May 29. High winds whipped the blaze, scorching more than 538,000 acres in eastern Arizona and parts of western New Mexico.

The men each face five counts, including leaving a fire unattended and failing to maintain control of a fire that damaged a national forest.

A conviction for each of the offenses charged carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison, a $5,000 fine or both.
 

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