Man Charged With Starting Massive California Blaze
While the flames still raced through California’s Sierra Nevada last year, investigators zeroed in on a deer hunter they had rescued by helicopter an hour after the first report of the wildfire that would become the mountain range’s largest in its recorded history. On Thursday, nearly a year later, a grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Keith Matthew Emerald, alleging he started a campfire Aug. 17, 2013 in an area where fires were prohibited. The fire raged for two months across 400 square miles of land including part of Yosemite National Park, threatening thousands of structures, destroying 11 homes and costing more than $125 million to fight.
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