Terry Lynn Barton,
forest-service worker accused of starting the biggest wildfire in Colorado history, was arrested in July and charged with willfully and maliciously destroying U.S. property and causing personal injury. She could face up to 75 years in jail if found guilty of all charges. Barton initially told authorities she had discovered the fire and reported it. She later altered her story, saying she accidentally set it while burning a letter from her estranged husband. The fire consumed 135,000 acres.
Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.