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Decision Could Come Today On Restitution For Eagle Creek Fire Teen

(Portland, OR)  --  A decision could come as soon as today on whether a Vancouver teenager should be required to pay restitution after setting last year's devastating Eagle Creek fire.  The teen appeared yesterday in court, where a judge postponed making a decision until today at the earliest.  The judge said he wanted to study the constitutionality of the restitution amounts being requested.  So far, the teen is facing eleven claims for just under 37-million-dollars.  The 49-thousand-acre fire in the Columbia River Gorge racked up around 40-million-dollars in damages and other costs.  The teen is already facing nearly two-thousand hours of community service along with five years of probation after pleading guilty to setting the fire.

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