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California Man, Charged With Starting Massive Wildfire


A California man was charged Thursday with starting the state's third-largest wildfire, a 2013 blaze that charred hundreds of square miles of land in Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest.

A grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Keith Matthew Emerald, 32, alleging he started a campfire Aug. 17, 2013, in an area where fires were prohibited, and it spread beyond his control and turned into the massive Rim Fire.

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One person can do a lot of damage.

There is good reason why fires are prohibited in specific areas.

Because once they start it's hard to stop?

This was a a careless accident, I would assume we all have made them, but this guys accident was pretty devastating for Yosemite, I hope this guy's got some good support, cause this would make me feel pretty shitty, if I had done this, even not intentionally.  He got called called some pretty bad names on the news, I guess not as bad as one could be called, but it would be pretty devastating to me.

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