Ex-school teacher accused of setting California fires

A government stupendous jury has arraigned a previous school educator for supposedly beginning four fierce blazes in Northern California that took steps to trap firemen as they combat a huge fire close by

A FRANCISCO A previous school teacher was arraigned by a government excellent jury Thursday for supposedly beginning four rapidly spreading fires in Northern California recently that took steps to trap firemen as they fought a monstrous fire close by, bureaucratic investigators said.

Gary Stephen Maynard, 47, faces as long as 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine for each count of fire related crime to government property, the U.S. Lawyer’s Office for the Eastern District of California said in an assertion.

As indicated by court archives, Maynard’s supposed fire related crime binge included bursts he began in July and August behind teams battling the Dixie Fire, which turned into the second greatest out of control fire in California history, singing in excess of 1,500 square miles 3,900 square kilometers and annihilating in excess of 1,000 designs.


Government investigators say Maynard, an inhabitant of San Jose, set four blasts the Cascade and Everitt fires, on July 20 and 21, and the Ranch and Conard Fires on Aug. 7.

U.S. Timberland Service specialists began exploring Maynard on July 20 after the Cascade Fire was accounted for on the western slants of Mount Shasta.

An agent found Maynard under his dark Kia Soul that had its front wheels trapped in a trench and its underside fixated on a rock, court papers said.

A subsequent fire emitted the following day on Mount Shasta, and agents later observed tire tracks like those made by the Kia.

They in the long run put a GPS beacon under Maynard’s vehicle after he was halted momentarily by police on Aug. 3. Following his developments for many miles, agents said Maynard went to the space where the Ranch and Conard Fires emitted in the Lassen National Forest.

Maynard has denied setting the flames, court papers say. It wasn’t promptly known whether he has a lawyer who can talk for his benefit.

Maynard seems to have educated momentarily at Santa Clara University and Sonoma State University, where a Gary Maynard was recorded as a speaker in criminal equity studies work in criminal equity, cliques and freak conduct. He is no longer with one or the other school.

Partner U.S. Lawyer Michael Anderson wrote in an August confinement update that Maynard had entered the departure zone and started setting fires behind the specialists on call battling the Dixie Fire.

Notwithstanding the risk of developing the Dixie Fire and undermining more lives and property, this expanded the risk to the people on call, Anderson said.