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Man Accused Of Starting Crystal Fire Pleads Guilty

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Richard Dixon of Masonville took this photo of the Crystal Fire on April 5 "from top of Redstone Canyon."

Richard Dixon of Masonville took this photo of the Crystal Fire on April 5 “from top of Redstone Canyon.”

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – The man accused of starting the Crystal wildfire in Larimer County has now changed his plea to guilty.

Thomas Howie was in the middle of his trial for fourth-degree arson Wednesday when he changed his plea. He could get 2 to 6 years in prison.

The Crystal Fire destroyed 13 homes and more than 3,000 acres west of Horsetooth Reservoir.

thomas howie Man Accused Of Starting Crystal Fire Pleads Guilty

Thomas Howie (credit: Larimer County Sheriff)

Howie will be sentenced in February.

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