Weed Police arrest a Northern California man on arson charges
The police have arrested a Ronald Beau Marshall from Northern California on suspicion of starting wildfire in the region. The police has taken Marshall in custody on felony counts of arson to the inhabited structures and criminal complaint was filed on Friday.
The three-week investigation carried out by police, sheriff and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection investigators concluded that Marshall started wildfires in the lumber town of Weed last month.
Sgt. Justin Mayberry informed that 24-year old Marshall was arrested on Saturday after the warrants were issued for his arrest. He has been held on a $250,000 bail. The phone number at Marshall’s house is not working.
CAL FIRE Director Ken Pimlott said, "As fire danger remains extreme across California, arson puts life, property and natural resources at risk and we will continue to dedicate as many resources as needed to track down and prosecute those who purposely threaten our State."
The authorities conducted a thorough investigation into the Boles fire in Northern California. The wildfire caused evacuation of thousands of residents and damaged 157 homes in the region, and destroyed more than 500 acres. The authorities said that the region under fire was relatively small compared to other fires in the region. However, the devastation caused was massive and the fire threatened 1,000 homes and more than 100 commercial buildings in the region.
The investigation in the case is still ongoing. The fire had spread fast in the entire region due to strong winds. California fire department used more than 1,000 firefighters, 28 bulldozers, 5 helicopters and over 100 engines to control the fire.
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