HUNTER BURNING DEER CARCASS CLAIMS ACCIDENTAL FIRE ESCAPE STARTED COURTNEY FIRE, SAYS MADERA COUNTY SHERIFFFRESNO, Calif. -- The Madera County sheriff says a man burning a deer carcass claims he started the Courtney Fire.
Sheriff John Anderson said one of his deputies interacted with a man who said he was burning a deer carcass when the fire got away from him. He added the man was very apologetic.
The Madera County Sheriff's Department says they submitted that information in a report to CAL FIRE. CAL FIRE says they cannot comment on the case because it is still an open investigation.
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CAL FIRE officials on Thursday said "The fire remains under investigation. "CAL FIRE has reported nothing new since Sept. 18, when the agency issued a release stating that in cooperation with the sheriff's office it had "identified the person believed to be responsible for the Courtney fire."
In that release, CAL FIRE also stated a juvenile, believed to have intentionally started 13 fires in the Oakhurst area over the past several months, had been identified.
The juvenile, a boy who has not been named by authorities, was arrested and is under the jurisdiction of juvenile court, Madera County District Attorney Michael Keitz said Thursday. Keitz said he couldn't comment further because the suspect is a juvenile.
The boy is not believed to be involved in starting the Courtney fire or the Junction fire, which swept through Oakhurst on Aug. 18 and destroyed five homes. The person believed to be responsible for the Courtney fire is not believed to have started the Junction fire, which remains under investigation.
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