College professor charged with starting blaze near Dixie Fire


Authorities in California charged a 47-year-old college professor with arson for allegedly setting a fire in Lassen County on Saturday near the Dixie fire, the flame still raging in the northern Sierra Nevada 250 miles northeast of San Francisco , according to Sacramento Bee, which broke the news.

Gary Stephen Maynard, who both And Sonoma and Santa Clara University listed online as a lecturer, suspected of starting a series of fires in the area, the Bee reported.

A judge ordered Tuesday Maynard be held at the Sacramento County Main Prison, and according to prison records, he was arrested by Cal Fire and booked Monday, and was held with no bail.

Cal Fire said he did not disclose information about the incident at the moment.


Sonoma State confirmed that Maynard had a part-time conference in the department of criminology and criminal justice in the fall of 2020. He currently does not have an appointment with the university, the school said.

Santa Clara la website his note is a lecturer in the department of sociology. And the Sonoma website says his areas of expertise are criminal justice, social science research methods, cults and disturbed behavior.

Authorities launched an investigation into Maynard on July 20, and when he was stopped by police in Susanville on August 3, a U.S. Forest Service agent placed a tracking device under his car, the Bee said.

“Over the course of the past several weeks, Maynard has set a series of fires in the vicinity of Lassen National Forest and Trinity Forest National,” U.S. Assistant Attorney Michael Anderson wrote in a detention memo, the Bee said. “… The area in which Maynard chose to set his fire is near the ongoing Dixie fire, a fire that still does not prevail despite the deployment and efforts of more than 5,000 personnel.”

The Dixie Fire, lit near Cresta Dam in the Feather River Canyon on July 13, is the second largest fire in Cal’s fire list of the largest flames in California history. Pacific gas and electric utilities in Northern California are responsible for some of the state’s most devastating fires in recent years, you say its equipment can cause the fire. The four horse county fires (Butte, Plumas, Tehama and Lassen) were 487,764 acres with 25% win as of Tuesday morning, Cal Fire shelp.

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