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  • 23 August 2014, 14:22

Woman Starts Wildfire For 'Bored' Firefighters

A woman started a wildfire that ended up costing almost $8m (4.2m) to bring under control because her firefighter friends were bored and needed work.

Sadie Renee Johnson of Warm Springs, Oregon, used a lighter to ignite a small firework and threw it from a car into the roadside brush.

The blaze, in July 2013, on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, spread to about 80 square miles (51,000 acres) and was not fully extinguished until September.

Two days after she started the fire, Johnson posted on her Facebook page: "like my fire?"

When questioned by detectives, Johnson said she started the fire because her firefighter friends were bored, but she believed it would only burn for two days.

The details of the case were released on Friday by the US Justice Department, who according to KTVZ-TV, were keen to underscore the danger of such actions.

The 23-year-old, who pleaded guilty in May, is due to be sentenced on September 3.

She faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.