Woman Charged With Intentionally Starting 2018’s Delta Fire

A Mountain Gate woman accused of being responsible for the 2018 Delta Fire had a court appearance Thursday. As firefighting resources and the nerves of local residents were stretched thin from the devastating Carr Fire, the large and destructive Delta Fire broke out north of Lake Shasta in the Sacramento River Canyon. No cause for the Delta Fire was ever made public until May of last year when Cal-Fire investigators arrested 58-year-old Cynthia Ann Leroux. She’s accused of intentionally starting the fire, which destroyed 63,000 acres and 45 structures including 20 homes. The fire closed Interstate 5 and the railroad for five days, causing a major impact to commerce. The Forest Service estimated $59 Million of forest restoration costs. There were serious injuries, including to a truck driver who had to run from the flames and was badly burned. Another truck driver suffered a serious head injury while trying to help another driver. Leroux is also accused of starting two other fires. She’s been in Shasta County Jail on a Million Dollars bail since her arrest. Leroux, who had a preliminary hearing Thursday, faces a total of 20 felony counts and 2 enhancements. Charges are elevated because there was already a State of Emergency due to the Carr Fire. If convicted of all the charges, Leroux could be sentenced to well over 50 years in prison.

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