By Holly Coombs
A Taylorsville man was officially charged last Tuesday with starting the Brian Head fire, which burned more than 71,000 acres with a state cost of more than $40 million in suppression efforts.
Robert Ray Lyman, 61, who started a fire with a weed as a way to burn weeds near his cabin on June 15, started the wildfire that lasted more than a month and has left much damage and repair within 10 communities in Iron and Garfield counties.
Burn Area Emergency Response are now in charge of recovery for the area.
Lyman was charged with one count of reckless burning, a class-A misdemeanor in the 5th District Court. Lyman is also facing an additional class-B misdemeanor charge for burning without a permit, according to court information.
If convicted on a reckless burning charge, Lyman could face up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. A count of burning without a permit carries up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Lyman’s initial appearance in 5th District Court is scheduled for Aug. 15.
As part of the summons, Lyman must report to the Iron County Jail to be booked on the charges before his August court date, according to court information.
BOOKING Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office