Wildland Firefighting

Colby (CA) Fire Suspects Plead Not Guilty

The three men accused of sparking last month’s 2,000-acre Colby fire near Glendora pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges, reports 89.3 KPCC.

The Colby Fire broke out before dawn on Jan. 16. Glendora Police said the three men–Jonathan Carl Jarrell, 24, of Irwindale, Steven Robert Aguirre, 21, of Los Angeles and Clifford Eugene Henry Jr., 22, of Glendora–had spent the night in the foothills above Glendora. As the night grew cold, they allegedly threw paper into their campfire.

Although they reportedly tried to stomp out the growing fire, the embers spread into a 2,000-acre fire that destroyed five homes and damaged 17 others, an affidavit alleges.

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