Arrests have been made in a California wildfire that is threatening the San Gabriel Valley. Three people have been accused of starting the fire, nicknamed the Colby Fire, through their negligent actions. The wildfire has already forced more than 2,000 people to evacuate their homes and damaged several properties.
Three people are charged with starting a wildfire through their actions around a campfire they created, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. The wildfire has already hurt at least two innocent victims, and it is not close to being controlled. The men who have been arrested are cooperating with police, but their help can do little to stop the out of control blaze.
The three suspects, Clifford Henry, Jonathan Jarrell and Steven Aguirre, were gathered around a campfire near the Colby trail. It is believed that the men threw pieces of paper into the fire that were picked up by the wind and carried away from their temporary camp. The forest has been under a dry warning for months, and signs are posted warning people not to start fires.
Police were able to catch Clifford Henry, Jonathan Jarrell and Steven Aguirre as they left the trail after someone reported odd behavior in the area. Although the men are cooperating with officers, their remorse can do little to stop the Colby Fire from continuing to spread and threaten lives.
Evacuations have been made mandatory in some areas, and residents are worried after hearing a few people have been hurt in the fire. Firefighters have been working around the clock to save lives and properties from the approaching flames. However, ash and smoke have been spreading through the area and creating dangerous respiratory conditions for residents.
The Santa Ana winds are making the jobs of firefighters more dangerous as they battle the dry vegetation that makes perfect fuel for the fire. The biggest dangers for homeowners are the quick spread of embers that can damage or destroy their properties after they have evacuated.
Due to safety concerns and low air quality, schools and colleges in Glendora have been canceled while residents who have not been under evacuation orders were advised to stay inside. Remnants of the fire seen as smoke managed to get to Los Angeles. Firefighters want to avoid a repetition of the 2009 fires in the San Gabriel Valley that killed several firefighters and damaged acres of land. The dry winter in California is being blamed for the current crisis.