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CAL FIRE: Arson arrest in Butte County

An Oroville man was arrested for allegedly lighting multiple wildland fires in the Oroville Area.

Posted: Oct 1, 2019 12:07 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2019 3:23 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - An Oroville man was arrested for allegedly lighting multiple wildland fires in the Oroville Area, on Oct. 1 at approximately 7 a.m., police said.

35-year-old Jeremy Gendreau of Oroville was arrested for allegedly committing multiple counts of arson to forest land, during a proclaimed State of Emergency, due to the Camp Fire. 

Gendreau was booked into Butte County Jail and is being held on bail, police said. Butte County Districts Attorney’s Office, California State Parks, and Oroville Police Department all assisted CAL FIRE in the investigation.

“We will not tolerate arson of any type and will track down those suspected of causing harm to our communities,” Butte Unit Chief David Hawks said.

Gendreau's bail is set to $1.95 million.

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