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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Clover Fire Arson Suspect Arrested On 209 Counts Related To Arson #CaFire

Clover Fire Arson Suspect Former Firefighter arrested

CAL FIRE law enforcement officers arrested Zane Wallace Peterson, 29, of Happy Valley Tuesday morning without incident, on suspicion of intentionally setting numerous fires throughout Shasta County including the Sept. 9 Clover Fire. 
The Clover Fire was reported on Sept. 9 at 12:32 p.m. in the community of Igo, 10 miles southwest of Redding. The fire burned 8,073 acres and threatened more than 500 residences during its course. 
It took seven days to contain the fire with 60 occupied residences and 130 additional structures destroyed by the fire. There was one civilian fatality. 
State fire Capt. Scott McLean says Zane Wallace Peterson, of Happy Valley, started two fires that turned into the September Clover Fire in Shasta County. The fire burned more than 12 square miles over about a week before it was contained.
The fire also destroyed more than 50 homes and claimed the life of 56-year-old Brian Henry. Peterson was arrested on Tuesday.
Shasta County Senior Deputy District Attorney Ben Hanna stated Peterson was a former firefighter.
Peterson was booked into the Shasta County Jail on felony charges of Arson of a Structure or Vegetation, 140 Counts; Arson that causes great bodily injury, 1 Count; Arson to Occupied Structures, 60 Counts; Arson with Aggravating Factors, 2 Counts; Arson using Incendiary Device, 5 Counts. 


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