Man Arrested for Starting One of the NorCal Fires

By Pacey on August 23, 2018
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CAL FIRE announced today that they have arrested the man believed responsible for causing the Klamathon Fire that began on July 5 and burned homes down in the community of Hornbrook.

The fire burned down homes and killed one man in the town of Hornbrook.

CAL FIRE says that their law enforcement officers arrested 32-year-old John Colin Eagle Skoda on Thursday. Investigators determined that Skoda caused the fire by recklessly burning debris.

The Klamathon Fire burned 38,008 acres before its containment, and destroyed much of the Hornbrook community. The fire destroyed 35 homes and 48 structures, with 12 more structures damaged by fire and smoke. 72-year-old Hornbrook resident John Karl Bermel died in the fire and three firefighters were injured.

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