Friday, July 31, 2015

Arrest made in Big Creek Fire in Groveland

       We just received a press release that on Thursday July 30, 2015 the cause of the Big Creek Fire was determined to be an escaped debris fire.

   A suspect was identified and at 6 PM an arrest was made in connection with the start of the fire.

    Lisa Ann Vilmar was arrested and booked into the Tuolumne county Jail for one count of recklessly causing a fire, a felony violation of Penal Code  452(c).  Her bail has been set in the amount of $100,000.

   The US Forest Service and Cal Fire remind residents that debris burning may or may not be permitted based on the time of year, location, or special circumstances.

   Restrictions on debris burning have been in effect since June 1, 2015 for the entire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit, including the area of the Big Creek Fire.

   To day the Big Creek Fire in Groveland has destroyed 204 acres of forested land, with containment currently at 35%.

   The fire started within the Groveland Ranger District, along the Hwy 120 corridor, near buck Meadows.  Due to the fact that 25 homes were potentially at risk, voluntary evacuations were put in place for the Hell's Hollow area.

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