HAMILTON, Mont. — Trials have been rescheduled for September for four Hamilton residents charged with starting a wildfire last summer that burned 13 square miles of land, 16 homes, 49 outbuildings southwest of Hamilton and cost $11 million to suppress.

Ravalli County Attorney Bill Fulbright tells the Ravalli Republic (bit.ly/2qZROlF) that defense attorneys and prosecutors plan to meet next week to see if they can negotiate a settlement.

Steven Banks, Tyler Landon Johnson and Cody Knez, who are all 18, along with a 16-year-old girl are charged with felony and misdemeanor negligent arson for the July 2016 fire.

Fire investigators traced the start of the fire to a fire ring. The four charged told investigators they had camped overnight in the area four days before the fire started. They said they believed the fire was out when they left.


Information from: Ravalli Republic , http://www.ravallirepublic.com