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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby QITNL » Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:26 am

http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/D ... 039099.php

DA: Yosemite fire starter to face federal charges

A hunter who started the wildfire that tore through Yosemite National Park and the Sierra foothills this year is expected to face federal charges, said the district attorney of Tuolumne County, where the blaze ignited.

Michael Knowles said on his office's website that the U.S. Attorney's Office has indicated it will charge the suspect, who has not been identified. He said federal attorneys will lead the prosecution because they have greater resources. (more at the link)

http://www.co.tuolumne.ca.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=92

The primary investigation of the cause of the “Rim” fire is and has been for some time completed. The cause, origin, and responsible(s) are known. Federal Prosecutors have privately declared intention to prosecute. Potential accountability in the Federal System far exceeds that which is available in the post-realignment (AB109) California System. Tuolumne County Prosecutors and the People of Tuolumne County await just conclusion in the Federal System. Questions should be directed to the United States Attorney’s Office in Fresno California.
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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby LongLost » Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:42 pm

RF Restoration planning webinar, recorded yesterday:
https://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/_a8414223 ... ode=normal

Warning: typical Forest Service meeting--lots of jargony talk but little useful information--but there are some good pictures and graphics in the first 20 minutes or so.
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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby David Senesac » Sat Dec 14, 2013 7:55 pm

QITNL wrote:... Tuolumne County Prosecutors and the People of Tuolumne County await just conclusion in the Federal System. Questions should be directed to the United States Attorney’s Office in Fresno California.


Thanks QITNL for that useful info. Email in the above post obviously stirred some reporter questions across their newspaper grapevine that made the county people show their hand. If the feds continue to keep quiet, we may need to do this again but to that Fresno US attorney's office. The advantage of directing such questions to a newspaper reporter versus just sending a personal letter to any of these government offices is that a peon's correspondence is likely to be ignored or given a quick lame excuse, while any media reporter will scare them. Their silence makes one wonder if the hunter is in fact one of their own USFS people and they hope the media will just go to sleep on this, not asking any more questions.

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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby mrchad9 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:50 pm

Did the reporter respond to you David?

Sooner or later that name is going to be public knowledge. Unusual for them to withhold something like that, and they can't do if forever.
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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby SeanReedy » Fri Aug 08, 2014 12:53 am

The man lied, initially claiming a rockslide caused the fire, then claiming pot growers started it, but he eventually admitted to starting it with his illegal campfire and has now been named and criminally charged:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-rim-fire-charges-20140807-story.html

http://www.sacbee.com/2014/08/07/6613225/man-charged-with-starting-massive.html?sp=/99/749/

http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_26294769/yosemite-fire-feds-charge-hunter-starting-massive-2013
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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby mrchad9 » Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:23 pm

Fire was started by a rockslide? And he was there to witness it? Nice!!!

Lesson learned... when federal agents start talking to you after you start a fire... don't say anything!

(applies to questions about bear cans too)

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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby willytinawin » Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:55 pm

I saw that yesterday, that he is now charged with the fire. Sad thing is that it will not bring the forest back. Plus the govt will spend another big chunk of money to try, convict and house him for a few years, throwing away even more money in addition to the millions spent on the fire. And we the taxpayers get to pay for it all. Lose-lose situation.

His punishment should be spending the rest of his life planting trees, at least some good would come out of it.
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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby MoapaPk » Sat Aug 09, 2014 12:25 am

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Re: Yosemite Rim Fire

Postby ROL » Sat Aug 09, 2014 6:55 pm

See, it's just that simple. Now, I believe the Rim was started by a rockslide. Hell, I'm taking that thing to Burning Man!
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