A former firefighter who admitted to setting the September 2012 Karney Fire that scorched more than 400 acres and threatened up to 100 homes, has been granted a rider program in addition to a 10 year prison sentence.
4th District Judge Patrick Owen retained jurisdiction of 19-year-old Nathaniel Bartholomew, a former member of the Clear Creek volunteer fire department. Owen said if Bartholomew successfully completes a six-month rehabilitation program in prison, he might be eligible for parole at that time. Otherwise, he would not be eligible for parole for at least three-and-a-half years.
"We believe that the suspect was trying to get a relative's attention by starting the fire," Boise County Undersheriff Dale Rogers told Citydesk in September. Rogers confirmed that Bartholomew's father is also a Boise County firefighter.
"This fire was intentional," said Rogers. "We believe the fire was started with a small pile of pine cones."
Fire officials said that the price tag for battling the Karney blaze totaled more than $2 million.