Fire setter gets no time

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The man who started the Sevilleta fire in April of last year was sentenced to two years of probation at the district courthouse in Socorro on Aug. 9.

The man, Steven Haney, was convicted of one count of leaving a fire, a felony, and one count of liability for causing the fire on 2,700 acres of private land owned by Thomas Tinnin and 90 acres of state forest land near Bosque del Apache, said Robert Cates, the senior prosecutor for the district attorney’s office.

He had admitted early on that he was responsible for the fire, Cates said.

Haney and his father were cutting apart an old bulldozer in the area when sparks from this activity caused the surrounding grass to catch on fire. They had been putting little fires caused by the sparks out with water.

However, the pair eventually ran out of water and the fire got out of hand. The two men then left the scene.

The fire consumed so many acres last year because it happened during a drought.