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Man pleads guilty to starting Klamathon Fire in Siskiyou County

The man who investigators say sparked last summer's deadly Klamathon Fire pleaded guilty on Thursday.

Posted: Aug 2, 2019 10:12 AM

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. - The man who investigators say sparked last summer's deadly Klamathon Fire pleaded guilty on Thursday. 

The Siskiyou County District Attorney says John Skoda set a campfire near the community of Hornbrook, which got out of control due to the wind. 

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The district attorney said Skoda tried to stomp out the fire himself. However, by the time he called for help, it was too late. 

The fire killed one person, destroyed 35 homes and burned 38,000 acres. 

Skoda pleaded guilty to charges of reckless burning. 

He could be sentenced to a maximum of six years in prison. 

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