Roaring Lion fire trials rescheduled


HAMILTON, Mont. - Hamilton District Court Judge Jeffrey Langton has rescheduled the trials of the young men and a juvenile girl accused of starting the Roaring Lion fire last summer.

The case against Tyler Landon Johnson, Steven Banks and the juvenile were rescheduled from July to September and will be consolidated into one trial.

Cody William Knez will be tried separately in September.

Ravalli County Attorney Bill Fulbright told NBC Montana that both parties asked for the continuance and are "exploring a resolution of the case."

The young men and the juvenile girl are charged with felony and misdemeanor negligent arson.

Fire investigators traced the start of the July 2016 fire to a fire ring.

The teens told investigators they had camped overnight in the area four days before the fire started and believed they had put it out before they left.

The fire burned 8,000 acres and destroyed 16 houses.