Two juveniles prosecuted for starting major fire

Two juveniles in Utah have been charged for starting a fire that burned more than one-third of the Shivwitts Paiute Indian Reservation.

The Apex Fire of June 2003 destroyed 9,900 acres of tribal land, including sacred and cultural sites. Tribal members who depend on deer meat weren't able to hunt because the animals didn't return to the reservation.

To fix some of the damage, the tribe has partnered with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to reseed the land. The project will cost $479,048. The Bureau of Land Management will spend $812,000 to reseed BLM land.

The juveniles were charged in county court.

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