Suspects Due in Court on Federal Charges in Colby (CA) Fire

As containment of the 1,952-acre Colby Fire reached 95 percent Tuesday, three men suspected of setting the fire in the San Gabriel Mountains were facing federal charges, reports KTLA 5.
Federal prosecutors filed a criminal complaint Tuesday afternoon against three men in their 20s who had been taken into the custody shortly after the fire broke out Jan. 16.

The defendants were expected to appear in federal court on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, about 300 personnel remained on the ground on the sixth day of the fight against the 1,952-acre fire in the Angeles National Forest, according to an update on the interagency fire website InciWeb.

Highway 39 — also called San Gabriel Canyon Road — was reopened, but Caltrans said on Twitter that falling rock had forced crews to shut down the mountain roadway through 7 p.m. Wednesday at the entrance to the national forest, above Azusa. The city of Azusa warned residents of the Mountain Cove community to be cautious about falling rock.

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