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Third Man Convicted of Setting Destructive Colby Fire

A third man was found guilty on Thursday of started an illegal campfire that sparked the Colby Fire, which ultimately destroyed 5 homes and damaged 17 structures in the hills above Glendora in January.

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The Colby Fire burns in the Angeles National Forest. (Credit: KTLA)

Jonathan Carl Jarrell, 24, was found guilty of a felony offense of “unlawfully setting timber afire” and a misdemeanor offense of illegally starting a fire, according to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office.

Two other men, Clifford Eugene Henry Jr, 22, and Steven Robert Aguirre, 21 were convicted last Friday of four charges related to the fire.

The Colby Fire started on the morning of January 16.

Henry, Aguirre and Jarrell were detained by Glendora police after they were seen fleeing the scene of the fire, the release stated

During interviews, prosecutors said all three men admitted playing a role in the starting the campfire.

The men claimed they lost control of the campfire when wind blew burning paper into the nearby brush, the release stated..

The Colby Fire consumed more than 1,700 acres of land and resulted in injuries to one civilian and two firefighters.

Jarrell faced up to 5½ years in federal prison. His sentencing was set for July 31.

Henry and Aguirre were scheduled to be sentenced on August 4.

They each faced a maximum penalty of 6½ years in prison.


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