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BUTTE — A 27-year-old Dillon man has been sentenced to two years on probation for his role in lighting small fires in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in the fall of 2009.

The Montana Standard reports Shildes Kellum was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch in Missoula. Kellum had pleaded guilty to damaging government property. Restitution was set at $1,110.

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Kellum, 23-year-old Kyle Zimmerman, and 26-year-old Christopher Clark lighted or tried to light trees on fire in the Dillon Ranger District in October 2009. The trees were dead or damaged due to pine beetle infestation.

Clark was a temporary firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service and helped suppress a one-tenth of an acre fire. He has been sentenced to two years on probation, while Zimmerman received a one-year probationary term.

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