One of Butte County's most wanted arrested for Bangor arson fire

Cal Fire says the woman was seen leaving the area of the Swedes Fire on July 1. She was arrested on July 6.

Posted: Jul 6, 2020 6:17 PM
Updated: Jul 6, 2020 6:40 PM

BANGOR, Calif. - Cal Fire says one woman has been arrested for Bangor's 'Swedes Fire', one that burned less than an acre.

When crews arrived on scene, Cal Fire says 33-year-old Nicole Bunch was seen leaving the area. When investigators found her, she was dressed in a Cal Fire uniform and was gathering the personal belongings of firefighters.

Officials say Bunch gave officers several false names while she was being questioned. Eventually, she was taken to the county jail and officers were able to identify her.

Bunch was booked into the Butte County jail for arson to forest land, impersonating a firefighter, resisting or delaying arrest. She is being held on $90,000 bail.

On July 1, Butte County officials had said Bunch was one of the county's most wanted. Cal Fire said she was also booked on those outstanding warrants of child cruelty with the possibility of injury or death and failure to appear.

Cal Fire says further charges may come up as a result of the full investigation.

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