Arson investigation ends in arrest of Hornbrook man

A man from the fire-damaged town of Hornbrook has been arrested on arson charges.

Posted: May 22, 2019 4:44 PM
Updated: May 22, 2019 5:01 PM

YREKA, Calif. — A man from the Siskiyou County community of Hornbrook has been arrested on suspicion of arson, according to a statement from Cal Fire. Hornbrook saw extensive damage from the Klamathon Fire last summer, prompting an investigation that also led to an arrest.

Law enforcement officers from Cal Fire arrested 43-year-old Travis John Churchill on Tuesday following an investigation into a fire that occurred "earlier this month," the agency said. Churchill has since been booked into the Siskiyou County Jail.

"Cal Fire law enforcement officers work diligently to investigate all fires and prosecute those suspected of starting fires," the agency said. "As fire danger remains high across California, wildfires will continue to pose a major threat to life, property and our state's natural resource. Cal Fire urges the public to be vigilant in their preparedness of suspicious activity."

This is a developing story, and Cal Fire has said that it will release no further information.

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