TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 91 - PUBLIC LANDS
Sec. 1856. Fires left unattended and unextinguished
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.
(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.
1994 - Pub. L. 103-322 substituted "fined under this title" for
"fined not more than $500".
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