The Record-Courier reports the two 15-year-olds told District Judge Dave Gamble on Tuesday they thought the campfire was out when they left on Aug. 16 south of Gardnerville. They said they stomped on it and even peed on it.
The wildfire burned 3,900 acres, threatening homes in the Pine Nut Mountains where Judge Gamble lives.
An arson charge was reduced. The teens admitted to a single count of gross negligence for destruction of timber, crops or vegetation.
They’ll remain in custody until a Sept. 13 hearing when Gamble can add more time or release them on probation.