BEND, Ore. (AP) — Three men authorities say started a central Oregon wildfire by shooting at exploding targets are facing felony charges.
Lake County District Attorney Sharon Forster tells The Bulletin in a story on Friday that a grand jury indicted Elijah Dyer, Gary Bigelow and David Evans.
Each is facing charges of felony manufacturing of a destructive device, felony criminal conspiracy and six counts of misdemeanor reckless burning.
Authorities say the men are from the Eugene-Springfield area and were visiting central Oregon for a family gathering on July 8.
Forster says they added pyrotechnics to exploding targets.
The wildfire that followed consumed about 9 square miles (23 square kilometers) and destroyed one hunting cabin and outbuilding.
It’s not clear from online records if the three have attorneys.