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Roaring Lion fire teens on recognizance

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MISSOULA -

3 of the 4 teens who allegedly started the Roaring Lion fire in July are home Tuesday night on their own recognizance.

Cody Knez, Steven Banks, and Tyler Landon Johnson all had their first court hearing Tuesday afternoon.

The environment in the court room was very tense.

Family members and friends came to support each of the teens.

During the hearing, the county attorney initially requested that Knez and the two other teens be restricted from entering any forest service territories.

The judge said this was an unusual request, but also an understandable one.

That request was then reduced to refraining from bringing or handling anything flammable in forest perimeters.

One Hamilton resident, Cody Omlid, expressed that he sees both sides of the situation, but that he thinks the court made a reasonable decision. 

“As a parent, I would probably be happy with what the courts did just because they're your kids, and they are young. But again, as a homeowner, I would probably be very upset. And looking at the devastation that's up there, I'd probably want more things to happen," said Omlid.

A few Hamilton residents said they hope Montana, as well as the Hamilton community specifically, will use this mistake as a lesson.

Again, the judge released the three teens on their own recognizance, and they are to appear in court on the 16th or 17th, depending on which judge they see.

The disposition of the fourth teen charged, a 16-year-old girl, is still unknown, as it's very difficult to track juveniles through the court system.

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