CEDAR CITY—A man from Taylorsville charged with accidentally causing last summer’s Brian Head fire will not be put on trial in a Cedar City courtroom. Fifth District Court Judge Keith Barnes has granted a change of venue request from attorneys representing 62-year-old Robert Lyman. Defense attorneys will submit a list of alternative trial venues to the court within the next few days.
Prosecutors reportedly have agreed with the decision. Lyman’s attorneys said extensive print and online news coverage of the fire, which cost close to $40 million to fight, would not allow their client to get a fair trial in Iron County. The fire that began on June 17, 2017, burned 71,000 acres in Iron and Garfield counties and took almost a month to be fully extinguished.
If convicted, Lyman could face up to 18 months in jail and fines of $3,500 for two misdemeanor charges.