June Fire in Northern California Intentionally Set

July 18, 2008

Arson investigators said a wildfire that destroyed more than 80 homes in and around the town of Paradise last month was intentionally set.

Joshpae White, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said investigators have ruled out other causes for the blaze known as the Humboldt Fire.

The fire burned more 23,500 acres and was set just after noon on June 11. It was reported 10 minutes later by a 911 caller.

Authorities said they want to talk to occupants of two vehicles seen in the area. A white panel truck with a roof rack and a maroon Nissan pickup truck were both spotted.

The state is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person responsible for setting the fire.

Source: Chico Enterprise-Record.

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