A man has been charged for allegedly causing last summer's massive Rim Fire.
The suspect is Keith Matthew Emerald, 32, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California. He is facing charges of timber-set fire and lying to a government agency, both felonies, and fires left unattended and not extinguished, and violating a fire restriction order, both misdemeanors. At the time of Rim Fire, there was a temporary fire restriction in place.
Emerald, who is from Columbia in Tuolumne County, was rescued by a helicopter crew from Clavey River Canyon near where the Rim Fire started about an hour earlier on Aug. 17, 2013, court documents stated. He told authorities he had been on a hunting trip.