A 15-year-old who started a major wildfire in Oregon in September has been ordered to pay back nearly $37 million for what is known as the Eagle Creek Fire.
The fire engulfed more than 48,000 acres in Oregon and Washington before it was contained. It cost the state at least $20 million.
The Oregonian reports he restitution totaling $36,618,330.24 to cover the costs of firefighting, repair and restoration to the gorge and damage to homes.
The teen acknowledged that he threw two fireworks In Eagle Creek Canyon on Sept. 2nd when flames spread quickly.
The fire lead to evacuations, and shutdowns of a major interstate highway and devastation to a major outdoor tourist attraction.
The judge ordered that the boy can set up a payment plan, and he will be able to halt payments for 10 years as long as he complies, completes probation and doesn't commit other crimes.
His lawyer said the $37 judgment is quote "absurd" and a "silly" amount for the child. The lawyer asked for a "reasonable and rational" penalty.
The teen was sentenced in February to five years probation and 1,920 hours of community service with the U.S. Forest Service.
He also was ordered to write apologies to the 152 people who were trapped on the trail because of the blaze.
The largest juvenile restitution before this case in Oregon was $114,000.