Man sentenced to three years in prison for littering cigarette butts causing forest fire

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recently, the people’s Court of Yanyuan County, Sichuan Province, went to lazigou village, Yantang Township, Yanyuan County, Sichuan Province to hold a public hearing on a case of forest fire caused by smoking in the forest area. The trial of

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found that at about 11:00 am on March 9, 2020, the defendant Luo went from his home to the collective forest area of group 2, lasigou village, Yantang Township, Yanyuan County, after searching for firewood, he smoked while playing with his mobile phone while carrying firewood on his way back. When he was digging the path beside the wasteland, he threw the cigarette end which was not extinguished into the weeds on the roadside, causing a forest fire. According to the appraisal of the engineer of Yanyuan County Forestry and grassland Bureau, the fire caused 1305 mu of collective forest land, and the direct economic loss was 18024 yuan, and 865200 yuan of vegetation restoration cost was needed.

Yanyuan County People’s court held that the defendant Luo Mou’s smoking in the forest area caused a forest fire, resulting in a large area of forest land fire, and his behavior violated the second paragraph of Article 115 of the criminal law of the people’s Republic of China. The facts of the crime are clear, the evidence is accurate and sufficient, and he should be investigated for his criminal responsibility for the crime of fire. The people’s Court of Yanyuan County pronounced: first, the defendant Luo committed the crime of fire and was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment; second, a civil public interest lawsuit should be attached. The defendant, Luo Mou, should bear the direct economic loss of 18024 yuan in forest fire, and ordered him to take artificial measures to ecological restoration of 1305 mu of damaged forest land within one year according to the ecological restoration plan of Yanyuan County Forestry and grassland Bureau If they are unwilling to carry out restoration according to the ecological restoration plan, they should bear the expenses of 865200 yuan for vegetation restoration.

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at present, the defendant Luo has taken the initiative to repair 655 mu of burned forest land, and ensure that the survival rate of all the forest land to be restored within 5 years reaches more than 85%.

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trial, the staff of Yanyuan County Party committee, political and legal committee, judicial bureau and other departments issued publicity manuals on forest and grassland fire prevention and control for the villagers who came to attend the trial. After listening to today’s court hearing, the villagers expressed that they were soberly aware of the harm of field fire and their legal responsibilities, and would strictly control fire sources to prevent forest fires from happening again.

reporter Hu Ting Dai Jiajia

original title: man sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for littering cigarette butts causing forest fire