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California school professor set arson fireplace close to Dixie Hearth, authorities say

A California school professor has been arrested, charged with arson in reference to one among a sequence of suspected arson fires set close to the state’s large Dixie Hearth, authorities stated, in keeping with studies.

Gary Maynard, 47, reportedly taught programs at Santa Clara College and Sonoma State College, FOX 40 of Sacramento reported, citing data from Maynard’s bio web page on the Sonoma State web site. 

That web page was not engaged on Tuesday night time.

Maynard was dealing with costs of arson in reference to the Ranch Hearth in addition to unauthorized entry right into a closed space, FOX 40 reported. He was arrested Saturday following an investigation that started in July, in keeping with the station.


Courtroom paperwork point out that the Ranch Hearth and 6 different fires began between July 6 and Aug. 7 close to the Lassen Nationwide Forest and Shasta-Trinity Nationwide Forest, each in Northern California. The three most up-to-date fires, together with the Ranch Hearth, began within the space of the Dixie Hearth, the report stated.

Cal Fire Capts. Derek Leong, right, and Tristan Gale monitor a firing operation, where crews set a ground fire to stop a wildfire from spreading, while battling the Dixie Fire in Lassen National Forest, California, on Monday, July 26, 2021. (Associated Press)

Cal Hearth Capts. Derek Leong, proper, and Tristan Gale monitor a firing operation, the place crews set a floor fireplace to cease a wildfire from spreading, whereas battling the Dixie Hearth in Lassen Nationwide Forest, California, on Monday, July 26, 2021. (Related Press)

“The realm wherein Maynard selected to set his fires is close to the continuing Dixie Hearth, a fireplace which remains to be not contained regardless of the deployment and efforts of over 5,000 personnel,” Assistant U.S. Legal professional Michael Anderson wrote in a memo, in keeping with FOX 40.

Anderson argued that Maynard ought to stay in custody pending additional authorized motion.

Investigators adopted Maynard by monitoring his cellphone and automobile, courtroom paperwork say.

“Brokers had put in a tracker on his automobile,” Anderson wrote. “The place Maynard went, fires began. Not simply as soon as, however again and again.”

Maynard was listed by Sonoma State as having been a lecturer in legal justice research however was not with the college, the Sacramento Bee reported.

“He was a part-time lecturer within the Division of Criminology and Prison Justice,” a Sonoma State spokeswoman wrote to the Bee in an electronic mail. “He was employed with Sonoma State College in Fall 2020, however didn’t have an appointment for Spring 2021.

“Mr. Maynard was contracted to fill in for a college member who was on go away. He taught two seminars in Criminology and Prison Justice Research in Fall 2020.”

Santa Clara College additionally confirmed that Maynard had labored there, the Bee reported.


“Gary Maynard was an adjunct school member within the sociology division at Santa Clara College from September 2019 to December 2020,” the college informed the newspaper in an electronic mail.

Maynard may resist 5 years in jail and a $250,000 positive in reference to the Ranch Hearth, the Bee reported.

The Dixie Hearth, which started July 13, is now the biggest in California historical past. It has been burning throughout 4 counties – Butte, Plumas, Tehama and Lassen.

The Dixie Hearth was 25% contained as of Tuesday morning, reported.


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