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Shasta County DA: Woman arrested, accused of starting 2018 Delta Fire

A woman has been arrested for starting Shasta County’s 2018 Delta Fire, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Posted: May 5, 2021 4:01 PM
Updated: May 5, 2021 9:19 PM

REDDING, Calif. - A woman has been arrested for starting Shasta County’s 2018 Delta Fire, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Cynthia Ann LeRoux, 57, was arrested in her Mountain Gate home and booked into the Shasta County Jail Wednesday morning. Her bail is set at $1 million and faces over 50 years in prison, according to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.

Cynthia Ann LeRoux

The Delta Fire broke out on Sept. 5, 2018, and burned a total of 63,311 acres and destroyed 45 structures in Shasta and Trinity counties.

LeRoux faces 20 total counts, three of which are for starting other fires. One in December of 2018 in the same property where the Delta Fire started, an RV was destroyed in this fire. The other two were in March of 2020 and December of 2020 respectively.

LeRoux’s faces two counts of arson of forest land causing great bodily injury. Authorities said her actions severely burned a truck driver and caused major head injury to another truck driver.

Her remaining charges are for the destruction of homes, starting a fire during a State of Emergency, and for arson of an inhabited dwelling.

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