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Parents agree to pay $25,460 over fire

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The parents of three juveniles who started a wildfire in Beaver County Fourth of July in 1999 reached a settlement agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office this week.

According to a U.S. Department of Justice news release, the parents will pay $25,460 to offset costs incurred fighting the fire, which was caused by fireworks.

The monetary recovery is part of the U.S. Attorney's Affirmative Civil Enforcement Program designed to collect money owed the federal government.

The U.S. Attorney's Office has recovered more than $1.7 million in fire suppression costs over the past three years, the news release stated.

When fires are started on public lands through negligent acts, the federal government can recover all costs associated with suppressing the fire, including damage to land and vegetation, the news release said.