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    18 USC Sec. 1856                                            01/05/2009

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    TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
    PART I - CRIMES
    CHAPTER 91 - PUBLIC LANDS

HEAD

    Sec. 1856. Fires left unattended and unextinguished

STATUTE

      Whoever, having kindled or caused to be kindled, a fire in or
    near any forest, timber, or other inflammable material upon any
    lands owned, controlled or leased by, or under the partial,
    concurrent, or exclusive jurisdiction of the United States,
    including lands under contract for purchase or for the acquisition
    of which condemnation proceedings have been instituted, and
    including any Indian reservation or lands belonging to or occupied
    by any tribe or group of Indians under the authority of the United
    States, or any Indian allotment while the title to the same is held
    in trust by the United States, or while the same shall remain
    inalienable by the allottee without the consent of the United
    States, leaves said fire without totally extinguishing the same, or
    permits or suffers said fire to burn or spread beyond his control,
    or leaves or suffers said fire to burn unattended, shall be fined
    under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

SOURCE

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 788; Pub. L. 103-322, title
    XXXIII, Sec. 330016(1)(G), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)

HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES

      Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Sec. 107 (Mar. 4, 1909, ch.
    321, Sec. 53, 35 Stat. 1908; June 25, 1910, ch. 431, Sec. 6, 36
    Stat. 857; Nov. 15, 1941, ch. 472, Sec. 2, 55 Stat. 764).
      Words "without hard labor" which followed "six months" and
    preceded "or both" were omitted as unnecessary. (See reviser's note
    under section 1 of this title.)
      Enumeration of applicable condemnation statutes was deleted and
    section extended and made applicable to all lands in process of
    condemnation by the government. This does no violence to the intent
    of Congress and clarifies the section considerably.
      Other changes in phraseology were made.
                                AMENDMENTS
      1994 - Pub. L. 103-322 substituted "fined under this title" for
    "fined not more than $500".
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