Man charged with starting wildfire near Yosemite

Man charged with starting wildfire near Yosemite

11 September 2008

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USA — Mariposa County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against a Merced man in connection with a 34,000-acre wildfire that destroyed about 30 homes outside Yosemite National Park.

Prosecutors say 29-year-old Davin Craig Mosher started the blaze fire that raged in July while target shooting using bullets with steel jackets, which they say are known to cause fires.

District Attorney Bob Brown said Thursday that Mosher was charged with careless or negligent conduct and possession of unregistered assault rifles, both misdemeanors.

According to Brown, Mosher has said he was aware of the fire danger in the area, but has denied knowing he was shooting steel-jacketed ammunition.

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