TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 91 - PUBLIC LANDS
Sec. 1855. Timber set afire
Whoever, willfully and without authority, sets on fire any
timber, underbrush, or grass or other inflammable material upon the
public domain or upon any lands owned or leased by or under the
partial, concurrent, or exclusive jurisdiction of the United
States, or under contract for purchase or for the acquisition of
which condemnation proceedings have been instituted, or upon any
Indian reservation or lands belonging to or occupied by any tribe
or group of Indians under authority of the United States, or upon
any Indian allotment while the title to the same shall be held in
trust by the Government, or while the same shall remain inalienable
by the allottee without the consent of the United States, shall be
fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or
This section shall not apply in the case of a fire set by an
allottee in the reasonable exercise of his proprietary rights in
(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 788; Pub. L. 100-690, title VI,
Sec. 6254(j), Nov. 18, 1988, 102 Stat. 4368.)
HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES
Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Sec. 106 (Mar. 4, 1909, ch.
321, Sec. 52, 35 Stat. 1098; Nov. 15, 1941, ch. 472, Sec. 1, 55
Surplus verbiage and unnecessary enumerations were omitted.
Words "without authority" were inserted near beginning of section
so as to remove any doubt as to scope or meaning of section.
Reference to persons causing or procuring was omitted as
unnecessary in view of definition of "principal" in section 2 of
Minor verbal changes were made.
1988 - Pub. L. 100-690 substituted "under this title" for "not
more than $5,000" in first par.
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