Ar­son charges laid over wild­fires

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A MAN was ar­rested and charged with ar­son for start­ing a mas­sive wild­fire in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia that has de­stroyed 175 build­ings and forced thou­sands to flee to safety.

Damin An­thony Pashilk, 40, faces 17 counts of ar­son, Lake County Sher­iff Brian Martin said on Au­gust 15 dur­ing a com­mu­nity meet­ing at a casino that is serv­ing as an evac­u­a­tion cen­tre for some of the 4000 peo­ple driven from their homes by the so-called Clay­ton Fire.

His an­nounce­ment was greeted with cheers and ap­plause.

State fire­fight­ing agency Cal Fire said Mr Pashilk was sus­pected of set­ting “nu­mer­ous fires” in Lake County over the past year.

“The res­i­dents of Lake County have ex­pe­ri­enced sense­less loss and en­dured sig­nif­i­cant hard­ship over the past year,” Cal Fire Chief Ken Pim­lott said in a state­ment.

“Mr Pashilk com­mit­ted a hor­rific crime and we will seek pros­e­cu­tion to the fullest ex­tent of the law.”

As of Au­gust 15, the Clay­ton Fire was burn­ing through 1620 hectares, with 1664 per­son­nel fight­ing the blaze, Cal Fire said.

Only 5 per­cent of the blaze, lo­cated more than 160 kilo­me­tres (100 miles) from San Fran­cisco, has been con­tained.

More than 175 homes and busi­nesses have been de­stroyed since the fire broke out about 5pm on Au­gust 13.

In the area where the fire had been con­tained, homes had been burned to the ground, with only their brick chim­neys still stand­ing. –

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