A U.S. Forest Service employee accused of starting the largest wildfire in Colorado history bonded out of jail Thursday afternoon.
Terry Barton will have to stay at a halfway house until her trial on Aug. 26.
As a part of her release, the 38-year-old Forest Service technician is required to get mental health counseling and is not allowed to leave the state or enter a forest.
Barton's two teen daughters are staying with her sister in California since the family has received several death threats.
Barton's estranged husband, John, on Wednesday agreed to use their home as security for her $600,000 bail.
Terry Barton faces four federal charges including arson for allegedly starting a
137,000-acre blaze in the Pike National Forest that destroyed at least 115 homes and cost more than $27 million to fight.
The Hayman Fire, which has been burning since June 8, is currently 85 percent contained. Full containment is expected by 6 p.m. Friday. Most of the 8,200 people who had been evacuated during the course of the fire are now home.
About 880 people are still out of their homes, according to the Rocky Mountain Coordination Center.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch sealed the address of the property to be used as bond, the address of the halfway house where Barton is staying, and John Barton's current address.
Information relating to Terry Barton's required mental health counseling was also sealed.
Barton, an 18-year Forest Service employee, was indicted by a
federal grand jury and was being held in a Jefferson County jail in Golden.
Teller County prosecutors may also file state charges against
Terry Barton because a 50-year-old woman's death has been linked to the fire.
Ann Dow died after smoke engulfed her home near Florissant three
days after the fire started . Her doctor listed smoke
inhalation and asthma as the cause of death.
Investigators from the Teller County district attorney's office
planned to meet with Gary Dow, her husband, on Thursday.
Dow said he does not plan to file a lawsuit.
"When the dust settles, I may feel differently, but I don't
think there was any intent," Dow said. "But at the same time, I
lost my wife."
No autopsy was performed, a fact that could complicate a
prosecution, county prosecutor Dan May said.
If convicted on the federal charges, Barton faces up to 60 years in prison and $1
million in fines.
Federal prosecutors allege that Barton deliberately set the fire and staged the
scene to make it look like a runaway campfire.
She allegedly confessed to accidentally starting the fire while burning a letter from her estranged husband.
John Barton told investigators that he never wrote her any letter.
Friends said Barton had been struggling with a failing marriage and is trying to obtain a divorce before the accusations.
- June 25, 2002: More Dougco, Teller County Evacuations Lifted
- June 24, 2002: Certificate Confirms Woman Died From Hayman Smoke
- June 22, 2002: 114 Homes Destroyed; Fire Now 60 Percent Contained
- June 22, 2002: Prosecutors: Barton's Husband Never Wrote Any Letter
- June 22, 2002: Van Crash Kills 4 On Wildfire Crew
- June 21, 2002: Nation's Firefighters At Highest Level Of Preparedness
June 20, 2002: Northern Perimeter Evacuees Allowed Back HomeJune 20, 2002: Forestry Worker Pleads Innocent In Hayman Fire Case
- June 19, 2002: New Charges Filed Against Forestry Worker
- June 18, 2002: Perry Park, Surrounding Areas Ordered To Evacuate
- June 17, 2002: More Evacuations Ordered As Hayman Grows
- June 16, 2002 : Forestry Worker Arrested For Hayman Fire
- June 15, 2002: The Latest: Firefighters Gaining Upper Hand
- June 14, 2002: Fire Predicted To Reach 130,000 Acres
- June 14, 2002: Citizens Take Fire Ban Into Their Own Hands
- June 14, 2002: How You Can Help With Colorado Wildfires
- June 14, 2002: Fireworks Shows On Or Off?
- June 13, 2002: The Latest: Voluntary Evacuations Eased
- June 13, 2002: Attorney General Issues Guidelines For Fire Ban Enforcement
- June 12, 2002: Fire Threatens Species, Disrupts Wildlife
- June 11, 2002: The Latest: Fire Now At 86,000 Acres
- June 10, 2002: Owens: Fire Expected To Reach 100,000 Acres
- June 9, 2002: Hayman Fire Estimated At 30,000 Acres
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