Is the Pandemic Making Wildfire Arson More Common?
Some experts have already been saying that the COVID-19 pandemic may be causing arsons to spike, much as it has caused other types of serious crime to spike as well. And a couple of recent examples in Northern California feature suspects with tenuous mental health.
Fire Updates: Fawn Fire 90% Contained, KNP Complex Near Sequoias at 20%, Dixie Fire Will Burn Another Month
The Fawn Fire, which was believed to be started by an arsonist last week in Shasta County, has reached 90% containment and evacuation orders in the area have been lifted. Meanwhile the massive Dixie Fire, already burning for two and a half months, stands at 94% containment.
Palo Alto Scientist Arrested In Fawn Fire May Be Serial Arsonist
The circumstances around last week's arrest of a 30-year-old Palo Alto woman who was in the immediate area of the Fawn Fire as it began in Shasta County remain a bit mysterious, and there is likely more to the story that investigators haven't made public.
Possibly Mentally Disturbed Bay Area Woman Arrested For Setting Fawn Fire In Shasta County; Fire Grows to 1,200 Acres
A woman seen in the area of the explosive Fawn Fire in Shasta County on Wednesday who later sought help from firefighters has now been arrested on suspicion of being the arsonist behind it.