ST. GEORGE — A Taylorsville man is pleading not guilty to criminal charges in a massive Utah wildfire that destroyed 13 homes and cost some $40 million to fight.3 comments on this story
Court records show Robert Ray Lyman, 61, entered the plea Tuesday to misdemeanor counts of reckless burning and burning without a permit in the Brian Head Fire that torched more than 100 square miles this summer.
Authorities say the fire that forced some 1,500 people to evacuate was started by weed burning at a cabin near the southern Utah ski town of Brian Head, a popular getaway for Las Vegas residents.
Lyman's lawyer, Andrew Deiss, has questioned the evidence for the charges. Deiss has said his client is a former high school basketball coach who fully cooperated with the investigation.