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Father, son charged with causing Caldor fire in El Dorado hạt County

A father and son have been arrested for causing one of the most menacing wildfires this year, burning miles of forests, leveling communities and forcing unprecedented evacuations in El Dorado County, officials confirm. with KCRA 3 on Wednesday. According to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, 32-year-old Travis Smith of Folsom and 66-year-old David Smith of Somerset were arrested Wednesday and booked into El Dorado County Jail on charges of “reckless arson,” “reckless arson,” and “reckless arson.” living property would be burned and resulted in major bodily harm for many of the victims. “But attorney Mark Reichel, who is representing the suspects, said it wasn’t cut and dry.” No hesitate, I say, these people are 100% innocent,” Reichel said Reichel told KCRA 3 he believes David and Travis Smith had nothing to do with the Caldor Fire, adding that they even had 911 when saw flames and even warned nearby campers. “There is no evidence that they did it accidentally.” It is just a theory. It’s just theory,” Reichel said. So KCRA 3 asked Reichel about the allegations. KCRA 3 reporter Orko Manna asked, Reichel said: “So far I haven’t heard anything about it as factual evidence to say what could have caused the fire or not.” At this point, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office said each suspect is on $1 million bail. Court proceedings. The Caldor Fire, which began August 14 east of Omo Ranch and south of the Grizzly Flats community, has burned 221,835 acres and burned for more than two months, according to Cal Fire. See below | How Regulated Burns Helped Rescue the Town of Pollock Pines from Caldor Fire It took until October 21 for firefighters to fully bring the fire under control. With full containment, that means crews setting up barriers around the perimeter of the fire, whether by artificially creating trenches and burning such. r through natural means such as rivers and impenetrable fire terrain. While the crews managed to free most of the communities from the path of the flames, the Caldor Flames managed to destroy most of the Grizzly Flats community. Residents are rebuilding, but many have been displaced after losing their homes. Pat Olson says she had the best three years of her life living in her home in Grizzly Flats. But her precious possessions were reduced to ashes in the devastating fire of Caldor. She was surprised to hear that two men had been arrested in connection with starting the Caldor Fire. thing… I can’t believe they finally figured out who did it. “Similarly, shocked was Kim Gustafson, who also lost his home in the Caldor Fire.” It’s horrible that it’s man-made,” Gustafson said. Gustafson said: “Everybody is trying to get back together and think this is caused by a couple. of everyone, I mean it really hurts.” MORE THAN THIS | ‘It’s going to be beautiful again’: Caldor Fire survivors reflect on loss and long road ahead While not the biggest wildfire of the year, it forced an entire city South Lake Tahoe had to evacuate. The last time residents were evacuated was from the Angora fire in 2007, but subsequent evacuations have not been as large as this year. David and Travis are scheduled to appear in court on Friday. this week.

A father and son have been arrested for causing one of the most menacing wildfires this year, burning miles of forests, leveling communities and forcing unprecedented evacuations in El Dorado County, officials confirm. with KCRA 3 on Wednesday.

According to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, 32-year-old Travis Smith of Folsom and 66-year-old David Smith of Somerset were arrested Wednesday and booked into El Dorado County Jail on charges of “reckless arson,” “property,” living place to burn and lead to major bodily injury for many victims.”

But attorney Mark Reichel, who represents the suspects, said it was not cut and dry.

“Without hesitation, I say, these people are 100% innocent,” Reichel said.

Reichel told KCRA 3 he believes David and Travis Smith had nothing to do with the Caldor Fire, adding that they even had 911 when they saw the blaze and even alerted nearby campers.

“There’s no evidence that they did it accidentally. It’s just a theory. It’s just a theory,” Reichel said.

So KCRA 3 asked Reichel about the allegations.

“Do you know exactly what they did to get it to rise to what’s called recklessness?” KCRA 3 reporter Orko Manna asked.

In response, Reichel said, “I have heard nothing so far that is factual evidence to say what may or may not have caused it.”

At this time, the El Dorado County District Attorney has not released details of what led to the reckless arson charges.

Each suspect is on $1 million bail, the district attorney’s office said. Reichel told KCRA 3 he wants to reduce that amount, so he and his clients can start preparing for the upcoming court proceedings.

The Caldor Fire, which began August 14 east of Omo Ranch and south of the Grizzly Flats community, has burned 221,835 acres and burned for more than two months, according to Cal Fire.

See below | How Regulatory Burns Helped Rescue the Town of Pollock Pines from the Caldor Fire

It was not until October 21 that firefighters brought the fire under complete control. With full containment, that means teams have established barriers around the perimeter of the fire, whether by man-made means such as trenches and shelters or through natural means. like rivers and terrain that fire cannot spread.

While the teams managed to free most of the communities from the path of the flames, the Caldor Flames managed to destroy most of the Grizzly Flats community. Residents are rebuilding, but many have been displaced after losing their homes.

Pat Olson says she had the best three years of her life living in her home in Grizzly Flats. But her precious possessions were reduced to ashes in the devastating fire of Caldor.

Olson, like many others who lost everything, had been waiting for an answer for months about what had happened. She was surprised to hear that two men had been arrested for starting the Caldor Fire.

“Oh my gosh,” Olson said when he heard the news.

Similarly, shocked was Kim Gustafson, who also lost his home in the Caldor Fire.

“It’s horrible that it’s man-made,” Gustafson said.

The single mother said life after the fire was uncertain, so she hopes the two men arrested will be held accountable.

“We’re all trying to get back together and thinking this was caused by a few people, I mean it’s really heartbreaking,” Gustafson said.

MORE THAN THIS | ‘It will be beautiful again’: Caldor fire survivors reflect on loss and long road ahead

While not the biggest wildfire this year, it did force the entire city of South Lake Tahoe to evacuate. The last time residents in the city were evacuated was from the Angora fire in 2007, but subsequent evacuations were not as large-scale as this year.

David and Travis are scheduled to appear in court this Friday.

https://www.kcra.com/article/father-son-accused-causing-caldor-fire-el-dorado-county-evacuate/38465687 Father, son charged with causing Caldor fire in El Dorado hạt County

JOE HERNANDEZ

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