This 19-year-old set the Gash Creek Fire that smoked up Bitterroot Valley, Montana air for about 2 months last summer, and 18! other fires (most of which were quickly put out).

Story in the Missoulian. By Tristan Scott.

About The Author

Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

2 Responses to Montana Wildfire arsonist receives 10 years

  1. avatar Pronghorn says:

    I feel genuine compassion for this guy.

    “Warr’s mother, Linda, also took the stand Tuesday, and said Jonah is one of seven children. She also said her son’s personality changed noticeably at the age of 15, when the family’s financial problems forced her to start driving truck with her husband. She noticed her son became much more withdrawn and quiet, but didn’t attribute it to any mental disorders. While his parents were on the road for up to two weeks at a time, the care of Warr was entrusted to his older brothers.”

    SEVEN kids…and not enough money for seven kids. “Supervised” by siblings while parents are absent for weeks. Sounds mighty dysfunctional–anyone wonder why the poor guy cried out for attention? So now he sits in jail thanks to a lack of effective parenting and intervention when he needed it.

    “Warr also addressed the court and apologized for his actions to the community and to his family. “I knew I needed help, but I didn’t know where to get it,” he said. “I don’t want this to be my life.””

    How can you not feel for THAT?

  2. Thanks for the personal information about the case.


March 2007


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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