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Sentencing reset for men in Wallow Fire case

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The sentencing hearing for two cousins charged with
accidentally causing the largest wildfire in Arizona history has been reset.

Caleb Malboeuf and David Malboeuf were scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in
Flagstaff.

Defense attorneys said they need more time to prepare arguments in support of
probation with substantial community service.

The Malboeufs each face up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine. The new
sentencing date is Aug. 22.

The men were camping in eastern Arizona’s Apache Sitgreaves National Forest
last May when their campfire spread outside its rings, sparking the Wallow Fire.
The blaze burned more than 538,000 acres in Arizona and parts of western New
Mexico before it was fully contained.

The cousins admitted to building a campfire without clearing flammable material
and leaving it unattended.