Wildfires are easy enough to start by accident. In the midst of a torrential California wildfire season, though, one man has been charged with 17 counts of arson for sparking a wildfire that has decimated Lake County, about 90 miles north of San Francisco.
THE CASE AT A GLANCEThe man was arrested on Monday, Aug. 15, and booked into jail. Authorities believe he has set numerous fires in Lake County over the past year.
The continuing inferno has thus far spread to more than six square miles in the Lower Lake area, and has caused over $10 million in damages and left dozens of families homeless.
About 1,300 people – mostly working class and retirees – call Lower Lake home. The ongoing blaze has wiped out entire blocks along with much of the historic Main Street area.
All that remains from some businesses are charred ruins.
A HORRIFIC CRIMEAbout the arson, Chief Ken Pimlott of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said, “The residents of Lake County have experienced senseless loss and endured significant hardship over the past year. (The suspect has) committed a horrific crime and we will seek prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.”
MOTHER NATURE DOESN’T NEED HELP IN STARTING WILDFIRESAs we said in a previous entry, people are already providing enough assistance in starting wildfires.
The most common ways for blazes to start include:
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