Cousins charged in Ariz. wildfire appear in court

FLAGSTAFF, AZ - Two cousins have been banned from national forest land after being charged with accidentally causing the largest wildfire in state history .

Caleb Malboeuf and David Malboeuf appeared in federal court Monday in Flagstaff.

The men are each charged with five counts, including leaving a fire unattended and failing to maintain control of a fire that damaged a national forest.

U.S. Magistrate Mark Aspey set a trial date in December.

Forest Service investigators say the men were camping in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest when their campfire spread outside its fire ring on May 29. High winds whipped the blaze, scorching more than 538,000 acres in eastern Arizona and parts of western New Mexico.
 


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