A man in Texas has been ordered to pay $2.7 million in restitution for burning used toilet paper that sparked a wildfire.
This wildfire burnt nearly 83 square miles of a national forest in New Mexico.
Rodrigo Ulloa-Esquivel of El Paso also was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.
The 30-year-old pleaded guilty under a plea agreement to a misdemeanor charge stemming from the April 2011 wildfire. Two other charges in an indictment were dismissed in the deal.
Ulloa-Esquivel was with friends near a campsite. He lit some used toilet paper on fire to keep from leaving behind litter.
High winds sent sparks from the burning paper into nearby brush which started the blaze. Ulloa-Esquivel and his friends were unable to control the fire and left the area without calling the Forest Service or local authorities to report it.
It burned for several days and caused damage to several structures.
Ulloa-Esquivel also admitted initially denying knowledge of the fire or that he caused it.
He later admitted to U.S. Forest Service personnel how it started.