The man arrested for allegedly starting a fire near Pine Flat Reservoir on Saturday now faces a more serious felony, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Capt. Ryan Michaels.
Originally arrested on suspicion of carelessly and recklessly starting a fire, Artemio Ayala Rosas, 36, now faces an arson charge for a fire that spread to 106 acres before it was contained Sunday afternoon. The fire was in steep, remote terrain and required resources from across the Central Valley and San Luis Obispo County.
Michaels said the Fresno County District Attorney's Office decided there was enough evidence from the Cal Fire investigation to upgrade the charge to a more severe felony.
Because of the dry conditions, Michaels said people need to act as they would in the summer to prevent fires from going out of control.
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