Alaska Couple Found 'Not Guilty' Of Starting 2015 Sockeye Fire

An Alaska couple accused of starting a 2015 wildfire was found not guilty.

The verdicts for Greg Imig and his wife, Amy Dewitt, were announced in the Palmer Courthouse last Friday.

The state had suspected the Anchorage pair of starting the June 2015 Sockeye Fire that burned over 11 square miles, and destroyed 55 homes in southeastern Alaska.

The couple had been facing 12 charges each for burning without a permit, property-damage crimes and reckless endangerment.
They were found not guilty on all counts.

The state argued the couple started the fire after they failed to put out a burn pile at their cabin near the Parks Highway.

A private fire investigator who took the stand in the case found the state's investigation into the fire insufficient.