A year later, we learn that Keith Emerald, a 32-year old man from Columbia, CA, let a campfire spread to nearby brush leading to a 257,000 acre disaster last August. It was the biggest fire in the Sierra and the 3rd largest ever in California.
He’s charged with two felonies. Let’s hope he spends a lot of time in the clink to think in about what he did. Legally he can only get up to five years and a $250,00 fine. It cost $127 million to put out. Groveland suffered HUGE losses as Highway 120 closed.
How about we add a Singapore style cane-whacking to the sentence?
There was a NO FIRE notice in the National Forest at the time. It burned for nine weeks and took 5,000 fire fighters to quell it.
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Several structures were burned and the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir was threatened.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I am the god of hell-fire and I bring you FIRE.” – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
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