Woman starts massive fire to help bored firefighters

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Woman Starts Massive Fire To Help Bored Firefighters

Sometimes it's not the thought that counts.

Sadie Renee Johnson, 23, admitted to starting a fire in Oregon last summer because she was trying to drum up business for her friends who worked for a fire department.

She threw a firecracker out of her car into the Warm Springs Indian Reservation because she says her friends were bored and needed work.

Her "helping hand" started a fire, later known as the Sunnyside Turnoff Fire,that spread more than 50,000 acres and cost nearly $8 million. Dozens of homes were evacuated, roads were closed and it took more than a month until the fire was declared out.

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She became the target of the investigation after she reportedly posted astatus update on her Facebook page two days after the fire began that simply asked: "like my fire?"

Johnson has been ordered to pay the full restitution of $7.9 million. She's scheduled to be sentenced on September 3 and faces and additional fine of $250,000.
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