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Father and son arrested for arson in connection with Caldor fire in California: DA

Embers fly from a tree as the Caldor Fire burns along Highway 50 in Eldorado National Forest, California, on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

EL DORADO COUNTY, California (KRON) – A father and son have been arrested for reckless arson in connection with California’s Caldor Fire, the district attorney’s office announced on Monday. Facebook. Each person is subject to a $1 million bail after an investigation by multiple agencies.

David Scott Smith, 66, and Travis Shane Smith, 32, were arrested under Ramey’s subpoena, meaning the warrants were issued prior to criminal charges. Charges are expected to take place within the next 48 hours and are expected to be sorted out later this week, according to the DA office.

An attorney for both men told Nexstar’s KTXL that the pair allegedly called 911 and notified campers about the fire. He added that both were charged with illegally firing a weapon.

The Caldor Fire began in Eldorado National Forest on August 14, destroying more than 1,000 structures, including more than 770 homes, and burning more than 221,835 acres as it moved south of Lake Tahoe . The fire was completely extinguished on October 21, nearly 70 days after it started.

According to Cal Fire, 18 people were injured in the fire.

The fire also threatened many ski resorts, including Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, where it scorched chairs and trees. President Joe Biden took an aerial tour of the land burned by the Caldor Fire while visiting the Western states in September.

“These flames are flashing ‘code red’ for our nation. They are increasing in frequency and intensity,” says Biden. “We know what we have to do.”

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