Man accused of starting Brian Head Fire makes first court appearance

CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – The man charged with starting the massive Brian Head Fire made his first appearance before a judge Tuesday. 
 
Robert Lyman, 61, appeared before Judge Barnes in the 5th District Court in Cedar City. 
 
The appearance was quick and ended with a date being set for a preliminary hearing that will happen on October 11. 
Lyman’s attorney didn’t want to comment on the facts of the case, but did offer some insight into his client’s current state of mind. 
 
“Like all of us Bob Lyman is distraught about the damage the fire caused and like all of us he is grateful to the men and women, the first responders, who had to fight the fire and those who had to deal with it in the aftermath,” said Andy Deiss, Lyman’s attorney.
 
Lyman charged with reckless burning and burning without a permit. If convicted, on either charge, he could face some jail time and pay a pretty large fine. 
 

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