2 men get jail terms for causing 2007 Malibu fire

Two men have been sentenced to a year in jail each for causing a 2007 Malibu wildfire that destroyed 53 homes, damaged 23 others and forced thousands of evacuations.

Brian Anderson and William Coppock were sentenced Thursday but will get credit for 200 days they already spent in jail.

They also must apologize to victims and firefighters and pay restitution, which has yet to be determined but includes $7.7 million in firefighting costs.

Los Angeles County prosecutors say they were among five men who were partying in a Malibu-area cave and left an illegal bonfire whose embers ignited the fire.

They pleaded no contest to recklessly causing a fire with great bodily injury and recklessly causing a fire to an inhabited structure.

A third man got probation and misdemeanor cases against two others are pending.

KPCC's Nick Roman contributed audio to this report.
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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