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Tuolmne County Man Accused of Starting Last Year's Rim Fire

 
Tuolmne County Man Accused of Starting Last Year's Rim Fire
Posted August 7th, 2014 @ 1:11pm by KFBK News

A Tuolumne County man has been charged for allegedly causing last summer's Rim Fire.

Keith Matthew Emerald, 32, is facing felony charges of timber set fire and making a false statement to a government agency, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He is also facing misdemeanor charges of fires left unattended and not extinguished. 

The Rim Fire started Aug. 17, 2013 and burned more than 400 square miles of forest in Stanislaus National Forest and Western Yosemite National Park. 

Dozens of structures were lost and the fire was not fully extinguished until Oct. 24, 2013. 

In December 2013, the Tuolumne County District Attorney's office said they believed a hunter had started an illegal campfire in the forest. The hunter was not named at that time.

Emerald has not been arrested, and no court date has been set at this time.

Check out the indictment filed below.

 

Emerald Indictment

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