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Trial For Man Accused Of Starting Brian Head Fire Moved

A Utah man charged with accidentally starting the Brian Head wildfire last summer won't go on trial in a southern Utah county where the fire took place. 

The St. George Spectrum reports a judge decided Tuesday that Robert Lyman couldn't get a fair trial in Iron County due to extensive media coverage and online rumors about the fire. Prosecutors agreed with a defense request to move the case. 

The Taylorsville man could face up to a year in jail if convicted on a reckless burning count and six months on a burning without a permit charge. 

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The fire destroyed 13 homes and cost nearly $40 million to fight. 

Authorities have said the fire was started by weed burning at a cabin, a contention Lyman’s defense has disputed.