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Salmon Man Sentenced for Lemhi County Arson

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Idaho

POCATELLO – Dennis Caffero-Hopkins, 24, of Salmon, was sentenced to three years of probation for causing a fire on public lands, U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit announced today.  Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Raymond Patricco also sentenced Caffero-Hopkins to pay the full restitution requested for the loss of salvage logs to the Forest Service valued at $6,435 and fire suppression by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which cost $1,128.97.  Caffero-Hopkins pleaded guilty on August 14, 2023.  

According to court records, on October 8, 2021, Caffero-Hopkins started a fire on BLM public lands in Lemhi County, Idaho, near Stormy Peak Road.  The fire burned logs, set up as a log deck, on United States federal land under the administration of the BLM.

Investigation into the fire determined that Caffero-Hopkins was responsible for setting the logs on fire after a local citizen reported Caffero-Hopkins’ involvement.  Further, Caffero-Hopkins, after waiving his Miranda rights, admitted that he used oil and a rag to start the log deck on fire.

U.S. Attorney Hurwit credited the investigation by the Bureau of Land Management in Idaho Falls, which led to the charge.




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Updated October 20, 2023