Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Clearlake man faces arson charges over Clayton Fire

From the AP via Redding.com:
A California man was arrested Monday on arson charges for allegedly sparking a wildfire that exploded over the weekend, destroying more than 175 homes, business and other structures in a Northern California town, authorities said.

Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin said Damin Anthony Pashilk, 40, of Clearlake was arrested Monday on 17 counts of arson and is in jail. He is suspected in numerous fires in Lake County over the past year.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said the blaze in the town of Lower Lake has caused over $10 million in damages and left dozens of families homeless.
The full story is here.

As I reported today, the fire has burned a winery in downtown Lower Lake as well as vineyard, walnut orchard and grazing land.

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