Former College Instructor Indicted for Alleged Arson Near California Wildfire

Former College Instructor Indicted for Alleged Arson Near California Wildfire


A federal grand jury indicted former college instructor Gary Stephen Maynard for arson on Thursday as prosecutors accused him of starting four fires over the summer near California firefighters who were battling the massive Dixie Fire.

The five-count indictment was announced via a press release on Thursday from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.

The  indictment alleges Maynard, 47, of San Jose, carried out the arson spree in the area of the Dixie Fire near Shasta Trinity National Forest and Lassen National Forest. Some of the fires Maynard allegedly started were behind firefighters who were combatting the Dixie blaze.

The Dixie Fire began on July 13 and was finally contained on October 30, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group

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