California Man Accused of Starting Ranch 2 Fire Turns Himself in, Charged with Arson
More than 500 personnel are working on controlling the fire, which has caused highway closures and evacuations in the Azusa area.
Palencia's bail has been set at $435,000, the Los Angeles DA said, and he could face up to 23 years in state prison if convicted as charged. He was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
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It was not immediately clear if Palencia currently has legal representation.
There are currently 367 known fires raging across the state of California, Governor Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. The state is also experiencing a record heat wave and intense lightning storms, which have sparked several of the wildfires.
While several fires have reached upward of 30 percent containment — the Apple Fire is now 95 percent contained — others remain at zero.
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