Man Charged With Starting Huge California Fire


Authorities have charged a man with starting California’s third-largest wildfire ever. The 2013 fire spread across 400 square miles of Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forrest.

A grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Keith Matthew Emerald on Thursday, for allegedly starting the blaze on Aug. 17, 2013, the Associated Press reports. Investigators say that Emerald has vacillated between admitting to starting the fire as he was hunting dear by burning trash from his backpack and then denying that he had done so.

The burning went one for two months and cost $125 million to combat. Emerald was picked up by a rescue helicopter an hour after the fire began.

No court date for Emerald’s arraignment has been set.


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