Thursday, October 25, 2007

Question: Do The Feds Always Join The Probe Into Arson Fires Which Do Not Cross State Lines?

From Associated Press:

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal agents joined the search for evidence Wednesday in brush-covered Orange County hills where an arsonist is believed to have ignited one of the wildfires devastating Southern California.

In San Bernardino County, a man suspected of starting a small fire was arrested and another man was shot to death by police after he fled officers who approached to see if he might be trying to set a fire.

Orange County officials converged on a remote area of bone-dry brush where a 19,200-acre wildfire has destroyed nine homes. They were aided by special teams from the FBI and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The federal government planned to send more agents from around the country to help with the probe.

Investigators taped off an area they called a crime scene, took photos, collected evidence and recorded map coordinates, according to ATF Special Agent Susan Raichel. Authorities believe the fire had been set because they found three different ignition points within a short distance - a common sign of arson.

A $70,000 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

In San Bernardino County, a motorcyclist who authorities say set a small fire in a rural foothill area of the San Bernardino Mountains has been booked for investigation of arson. Authorities said they didn't know if the man was connected to any of the 16 major wildfires burning in Southern California.

In the city of San Bernardino, police shot and killed a man who fled when officers approached to see if he might be trying to set a fire.

The man, whose name was not released, was shot Tuesday night following a chase that ended when he backed his car into a police cruiser and an officer opened fire, San Bernardino police said.

Why do you think this man's name is not being released? Is it Mohammed, perhaps?


WATCHER71 said...

Yes...the thought that this may well be more than a natural event....of course it may well be purely a natural event....and probably is..

How ever.....if I was a Jihadist intent and killing people or just running interference.....I would certainly use nature against an enemy. Wars in antiquity were often decided in this way....

If it wasn't Natural I hope they get the SOB and string him up by his balls! Good Luck Cali!!! All the best!!

Pastorius said...

Several of the fires were clearly started by arsonists. Some of the arsonists have been caught, and the names are not being released.

Many of the fires are natural in origin.

California is called a Chapparal eco-system. Chapparal brush has, built into its life-cycle, regeneration by fire. Every few years the Chapparal brush begins to emit gases which inevitably will lead to wildfires.

Don't cry for us. We chose to live here. Crying for us would be like crying for Floridians when they have a hurricaine.

Always On Watch said...

And why aren't the names being released?

Pastorius said...

Yes, good question, AOW. And, I don't think they have been released to this day.