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CAL FIRE determines cause of 2 Shasta County fires to be arson

CAL FIRE investigators said that arson was determined to be the cause of the Dersch Fire and the Bailey Fire, both occurred on Sunday during Red Flag conditions.

Posted: Oct 27, 2020 4:37 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2020 5:33 AM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – CAL FIRE investigators said that arson was determined to be the cause of the Dersch Fire and the Bailey Fire, both occurred on Sunday during Red Flag conditions.

The Dersh Fire broke out around 12:08 p.m. Sunday. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and CAL FIRE responded to a reported domestic dispute, involving a vehicle fire, near the intersection of Leopard and Dersch Roads, east of Anderson.

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Investigators said initial reports were that two subjects were in a domestic dispute, and a vehicle on the property had been set on fire. The fire quickly spread to nearby vegetation where it spread rapidly under strong north winds.

After an investigation, CAL FIRE officers determined 29-year-old Caleb Eckert, of Redding, allegedly set fire to the vehicle. Eckert was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail.

The Dersch Fire is now 100% contained. It burned 133 acres and destroyed several structures.

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That same day, at around 12:26 p.m. CAL FIRE, responded to a vegetation fire on Long Hay Flat Road, east of Shingletown. It was named the Bailey Fire. Investigators said they later determined there to be five separate arson caused fires.

Law enforcement officers with CAL FIRE detained 36-year-old Daniel Timothy Sims, of Shingletown, who was found in the area. He was arrested and booked in the Shasta County Jail.

Overall, the Bailey Fire burned 10 acres. It is now 100% contained.

To-date, CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers said they have made 84 arson-related arrests statewide.

Arson caused fires can result in extreme devastation and cause millions of dollars in damage. If you suspect an arson caused fire, call our anonymous hotline at 1-800-468-4408.

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