Happy Valley man arrested on suspicion of igniting Clover Fire

Dec 17, 2013 5:17 PM

Shasta County Cal Fire and local law enforcement officers have arrested 29-year-old Zane Wallace Peterson of Happy Valley this morning on suspicion of intentionally setting several fires throughout Shasta County, including September’s Clover Fire which burned over 8,000 acres, destroyed 68 residences, and left one man dead.

The press release published by Cal Fire indicated Peterson was arrested without incident. He was booked into the Shasta County Jail on 140 counts of arson of a structure or vegetation, one count of arson causing bodily injury, 60 counts of arson to occupied structures, two counts of arson with aggravating factors and five counts of arson using incendiary device.

“Arson is a serious crime that threatens the public, our communities and the environment,” said Region Chief Doug Wenham, CAL FIRE Northern Region. “This is a significant arson arrest for CAL FIRE, Shasta County, and the residents who endured the Clover Fire and suffered losses. The tragic loss of life and so many homes at the hands of an intentional fire is a heinous act.”

The Clover Fire began on September 9, 2013 in the Igo community of Shasta County, approximately 10 miles southwest of Redding. In addition to the 8,073 acres the fire burned, the fire threatened over 500 residences during the seven days it took to contain the fire. In the end, 128 structures and 68 residences were destroyed. The cost of the fire was estimated at $7.3 million, according to Cal Fire.

The investigation was headed by the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department.

“I’m proud of our fire investigators and their arrest of this arson suspect”, said Chief Mike Hebrard, CAL FIRE Unit Chief and Shasta County Fire Warden. “A lot of time and energy has been invested into this investigation and we look forward to continuing to work with the District Attorney’s Office on this ongoing criminal case.”

We are awaiting confirmation on when Peterson will be arraigned.


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