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By Bill Stevenson
Whitman County Gazette 

Rosalia man sentenced for setting fire near mobile homes

Grass fires spread to burn three mobile homes


Roger Harnack | The Gazette

The three destroyed mobile homes were abandoned in an old park on Summit Street in Rosalia.

COLFAX – Tracy Porter pled guilty to reckless burning for lighting five fires to burn tall grass in Rosalia that spread to three abandoned mobile homes.

Porter, 65, of Rosalia, was charged with reckless burning in the first degree on May 3 in Whitman County Superior Court. He pled guilty on May 7.

He was sentenced on May 14 to 90 days in jail but Porter was granted a first time offender waiver for the jail time. Conditions of his waiver include 12 months of supervised probation and he's to wear an alcohol monitoring device, said Whitman County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Dan LeBeau.

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