Man mowing arrested for starting Thursday's Oroville Fire

Firefighters are mopping up a fire that broke out in South Oroville Thursday.

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 1:09 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2021 6:29 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - An Oroville man was arrested for starting a fire that broke out in Oroville on Thursday, according to Oroville Police Department. 

The report of the fire came in around noon and was threatening multiple homes.

CAL FIRE said the fire burned in an area between homes but the fire did not cause any damage to the structures.

Officials said they arrested a person who is facing a charge of arson to property. Oroville Police Department said the man was recklessly mowing in the field knowing there was a high risk of fire danger. 

57-year-old David Walker of Oroville continued to mow and caused a fire that got out of control, according to police.  

Police said the man doesn't live at the address but offered to mow the yard a few weeks ago but mowed it Thursday.

The fire was stopped at about eight acres, according to officals. 

The fire was in the area of 3020 Greenville St., according to police.  

CAL FIRE said it is assisted the Oroville Fire Department.

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