Ex-USFS burn boss indicted after 2022 Oregon prescribed burn escaped lines

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A former U.S. Forest Service burn boss was indicted in Grant County last week for a prescribed burn that escaped its lines.

Ricky Snodgrass was charged on Feb. 2 by a grand jury with reckless burning, a class A misdemeanor. 

Snodgrass was in charge of a 300-acre prescribed burn and the crew conducting it on Oct. 19, 2022. The fire north of Seneca ended up burning 20 acres of private land before firefighters were able to put it out. 

Snodgrass will be arraigned March 4.

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