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Warning Three men have been arrested for allegedly setting a brush fire that burned over 1,700 acres in the foothills above Glendora, Thursday. The men claimed they were sitting around a camp fire in the foothills when a breeze kicked up, starting the fire, now dubbed the Colby Fire.
Glendora police took three men into custody and booked them for recklessly starting the Colby Fire. They have been identified as Clifford Eugene Henry, Jr., 22, of Glendora; Jonathan Carl Jarrell, 23, of Irwindale; and Steven Robert Aguirre, 21, homeless of the Los Angeles area.
The trio were allegedly tossing papers into the campfire and allege that a gust of wind fueled the small campfire into a monstorous blaze.
The three men initially denied their involvement. However, two of the men were seen running away from the mountains when first responders arrived, and a third man was taken off the mountain by the U.S. Forest Service.
Police found marijuana and cigarettes in the backpacks of two of the men. Jarrell and Aguirre had no prior convictions in Los Angeles, Orange or San Bernardino counties, according to online court records. However, Henry pled no contest on Oct. 10, 2013 to a misdemeanor count of lewd conduct in public and was sentenced to 36 months probation, eight days in county jail and ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous for a year, according to Frank Mateljan, spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
Their bail is currently set at $500,000 for each man, raised from the initial $20,000 due to the seriousness of their crime, the cost of property damage, and the resources consumed during the fire battle. The fire, which erupted in dry and windy conditions, destroyed five homes and forced thousands of residents to evacuate.
The men will face federal charges when they make their first court appearance Tuesday as the fire was started on federal land.
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