An Arizona man was punished for shooting targets while igniting a wildfire

Authorities announced on Friday that a Tucson man is facing a significant fine for his involvement in igniting a forest fire.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona has stated that Michael Sobcynski, 64, has been ordered to pay $180,000 to the U.S. Forest Service.

Sobcynski was responsible for starting the “Molino II Fire” in April of last year, according to authorities.

The rounds set off several small fires, which quickly grew into a wildfire. Fire suppression services were needed to combat the blaze, with the costs reaching $200,000, according to authorities.

Officials have stated that Sobcynski has admitted to using incendiary ammunition.


The U.S. Forest Service conducted an investigation into the case, with the prosecution being led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tucson.

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