Man sentenced for setting 11 fires in Shasta-Trinity National Forest

By Jessica Skropanic
Redding Record Searchlight
February 13, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A Redding man was sentenced on Monday for setting 11 fires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in one year, according to U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert. Eric Michael Smith, 41, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison for serial arson, Talbert said. He was also ordered to pay $19,071 in restitution to the U.S. Forest Service. Smith set at least 11 fires on national forest land between June 2019 and July 2020, according to court documents, Talbert said. He used “virtually undetectable ignition sources” including cigarette lighters and handheld torches to start wildfires in remote areas. Smith also admitted he abandoned at least 11 campfires on national forest land during the same period, Talbert reported.

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