No Criminal Charges in Mount Diablo Fire

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CLAYTON, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors say they will not file criminal charges against a target shooter who sparked a wildfire in the San Francisco Bay Area that burned nearly five square miles and closed a state park.

The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office said on Wednesday it found no evidence the shooter was criminally negligent in the fire at Mount Diablo State Park.

According to authorities, the unnamed shooter was target shooting on his family's property in Clayton when a steel projectile from his rifle hit a rock and started a fire on Sept. 8.

Prosecutors say winds sparked a spot fire that spread to the park.

In addition to the park closure, dozens of homes were evacuated.

District Attorney Mark Peterson said the shooter tried to put the blaze out and told a family member to call 911.

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