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Utah County officials approve $300K settlement on 2012 Utah fire

FILE"” Emergency responders work on a wild land fire that is threatening homes in Saratoga Springs, Utah, Friday, June 22, 2012. About 1,000 homes are being evacuated after high winds kicked up a fire near a northern Utah dump. Fire officials were ca
FILE"” Emergency responders work on a wild land fire that is threatening homes in Saratoga Springs, Utah, Friday, June 22, 2012. About 1,000 homes are being evacuated after high winds kicked up a fire near a northern Utah dump. Fire officials were calling in additional aircraft to fight the fast-moving fire near Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain. At one point, the fire threatened an explosives factory.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

PROVO — Utah County officials have reached a $300,000 settlement with a man accused of starting a 2012 fire that led to the evacuation of more than 1,000 homes in the northwest corner of the county.

The Daily Herald reports the Utah County Commission approved the settlement with Kenneth Nielsen on Tuesday. Under the settlement, Nielsen's insurance provider at the time of the fire will have to pay $300,000 to entities such as Utah County, Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs along with state and federal agencies.

The settlement states that Nielsen and another man were responsible for the fire that burned over 8 square miles of land. According to the settlement, the men had been target shooting with explosive targets near Saratoga Springs.

Utah County Commission approved a separate settlement with the second man in 2016.