17-YEAR OLD PLEADS GUILTY TO PARTY ROCK FIRE; GETS SUSPENDED SENTENCE

A 30-DAY SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR THE TEENAGER REPONSIBLE FOR THE PARTY ROCK FIRE THAT BURNED OVER 7,000 ACRES AND TOOK HUNDREDS OF FIRE FIGHTERS TO CONTROL     

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The teenager charged in connection with the Party Rock Fire last November has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of setting the fire.

The fire burned 7000 acres in Bat Cave,Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village.  It took hundreds of fire fights and many days to control, and is said to have done tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

Some of the property that burned was in a North Carolina State Park.

After the plea, the 17-year-old was sentenced to a 30-day suspended sentence, probation, and community service.

Despite the size of the fire, no homes or other structures were burned.