Feds decline comment on DA's Rim Fire assertion

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Updated: 12/07/2013 11:34 am

SONORA, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have declined to address a district attorney's claim that they intend to prosecute the hunter who allegedly started the Rim Fire that raged through Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Foothills.

Tuolumne County District Attorney Michael Knowles said in a statement on Thursday that federal prosecutors have privately declared their intention to prosecute the hunter. The hunter has not been identified.

The statement went on to say that the people of Tuolumne County and county prosecutors were awaiting "just conclusion" in the federal system.

Mary Wenger, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento, said on Friday she could neither confirm nor deny Knowles's assertion.

The Rim Fire began on Aug. 17 and burned 400 square miles.

State officials have estimated damages exceeded $54 million.

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Speed - 12/7/2013 1:32 PM
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It may not make a difference,but I think if hunters,campers and others who enjoy the outdoors,see someone actually BEING prosecuted and sentenced for the results of his careless actions,maybe they'll give a lot more thought to making sure this sort of thing doesn't happen again. There's nothing like seeing someone lose everything they own because they were careless to help you decide to be more careful not to cause the same thing to happen to yourself. I think the guy should also have to speak to groups of school kids about how critical it is to do all you can to prevent range and forest fires from starting,and what to do if a fire DOES get away from you. (And I'm NOT referring to "running away and keeping quiet about it".)

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