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Alpine woman gets probation in wildfire

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An Alpine woman has been sentenced to 12 months of probation and 80 hours of community service for her role in a July 2000 wildfire in Box Elder Canyon.

U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart also ordered Luann Gentry, 47, to pay a $1,000 fine and enroll in a mental health treatment program.

Gentry pleaded guilty in November to making a false statement to a federal agent. Prosecutors said Gentry repeatedly told a U.S. Forest Service investigator that her 16-year-old son did not start the blaze that charred 25 acres about six miles south of Grantsville.

As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Gentry, a firefighter with the Lone Peak Fire Department, admitted she knew her son was camping with friends in Box Elder Canyon on July 20, 2000.

Prosecutors maintain Nick Gentry and his friends left the area the next day with their campfire burning out of control.

The federal government has filed a civil lawsuit against Nick Gentry seeking the $137,330 it cost to suppress the fire, plus an additional 12 percent interest and penalty and court costs.