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Man Found Guilty of Setting Fires near Oroville

A Butte County man was found guilty of nine counts of arson Thursday morning.

Posted: Aug. 16, 2018 4:55 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - A Butte County man was found guilty of nine counts of arson Thursday morning.

Thirty-six-year-old Gary Allen Noel was sentenced to 19 years and eight months in prison for setting multiple fires in the Oroville area.

Noel set fires along Highway 70, on Table Mountain, Forbestown Road, among other locations over the course of several years.

Each fire burned less than an acre except for the Table Fire, which charred nearly nine acres.

Noel was caught thanks to a tracker authorities placed on his vehicle.

During surveillance, authorities tracked his vehicle and put out the fires he left behind.

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