As soon as the fire started, Dickey told law enforcement that he started the blaze.
As part of Dickey's plea, he will play $100,000 in restitution, taken from his retirement fund at sentencing on Oct. 9. He will also have to pay $500 a month for 20 years, paying an additional $120,000 in restitution, The Sahuarita Sun reported. Dickey agreed to pay a total of $8,188,069 in restitution as part of the plea agreement, as well as serve five years probation and create a public service announcement for the U.S. forest Service about the cause of the Sawmill Fire, prosecutors said.
The Sawmill Fire caused more than $8 million in damage in April 2017, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona. It burned more than 45,000 acres of land that is under the purview of Arizona, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and other private owners.