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Panama City, FL – Walton wildfire suspect returns to court one year later

Panama City, FL –

WALTON COUNTY, FL (WMBBThe man accused of starting a 343-acre wildfire that destroyed 34 homes and damaged 25 others last year returned to court on Wednesday.

Allen Smith

Allen Boyd Smith faces three misdemeanor charges in the case. Investigators said Smith was burning materials in a mobile home on Mussett Bayou Road when the blaze got out of hand. The fire occurred a year ago, on May 6, 2020.

A young family loses everything in the Mussett Bayou fire

The fire eventually broke onto Route 98 and caused damage to a wide swath of Santa Rosa Beach.

Smith’s charges are reckless burning of land, burning of illegal / prohibited materials, and open burn violation.

Reckless burning of land is a second degree offense and carries a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and a fine of $ 500.

Fighting the Mussett Bayou fire, physically and mentally

The other two counts are first degree misdemeanors and carry a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a fine of $ 1,000.

Smith returns to court for a hearing on June 16, and a trial is scheduled for June 21.

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