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Middleton man who set Table Rock fire in June 2016 back in jail

Months before guilty plea, Boisean insisted on innocence in Table Rock Fire

Taylor Kemp, 19, was cited with a fireworks violation relating to the Table Rock Fire, which consumed at least 2,500 acres, threatened dozens of homes and blackened a well-known Boise Foothills landmark in late June 2016. Kemp for months denied ha
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Taylor Kemp, 19, was cited with a fireworks violation relating to the Table Rock Fire, which consumed at least 2,500 acres, threatened dozens of homes and blackened a well-known Boise Foothills landmark in late June 2016. Kemp for months denied ha

The man who started the June 2016 Table Rock fire that burned more than 2,500 acres in the Boise Foothills is back in jail.

A bench warrant was issued Nov. 28 for Taylor Kemp, 20, of Middleton, for violating the terms of his probation in three ways, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office: failure to maintain full-time employment, be actively seeking employment or be enrolled as a full-time student; failing to pay fines, fees, funds, surcharges and or costs as ordered by the the court; and failure to pay restitution. Kemp was ordered to pay $391,790 in restitution for damages. He has paid $482 in increments of $150, according to court records. His first case payment was made June 12.

The sheriff’s office also said it received information that Kemp may have been planning to leave Idaho. He was arrested Tuesday and is being held on a no-bond warrant at the Canyon County jail and will be transferred to the Ada County jail.

The Boise Foothills fire burns near the Morningside Heights subdivision in June 2016.

Kemp was sentenced to four days in jail and 16 days in jail/on a community service detail after igniting the fire with a Roman candle. He plead guilty to violating Ada County’s fireworks ordinance in February after initially denying any wrongdoing. The fire, which started at around midnight on June 30, 2016, destroyed a home and caused at least 7,000 customers to lose power.

Kemp initially told detectives he saw a group of people in their early 20s lighting Roman candles, and that the fire started when one of those fell over. In August 2016, when detectives visited Kemp again, he recanted and admitted his fault, according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office said Kemp called 911 to report the fire.

Michael Katz: 208-377-6444, @MichaelLKatz

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