More Charges Filed Against 3 in LA-Area Wildfire

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted three men for allegedly causing a Los Angeles-area wildfire that burned five homes.

Authorities say Clifford Henry Jr., Steven Aguirre and Jonathan Jarrell were charged Friday with six counts including violating fire restrictions and causing timber and brush on national forest land to burn.

The indictment supersedes earlier federal charges. The three remain jailed.

Authorities say the men told investigators they set a campfire in the Angeles National Forest on Jan. 16 during a period of Santa Ana winds and extreme fire danger. The men said a gust blew burning paper into some brush, sparking a 3-square-mile blaze.

The fire destroyed five houses, damaged 17 homes and other buildings and forced thousands to evacuate the foothill communities of Glendora and Azusa.

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