<![CDATA[The arraignment of a Yolo County man cited in connection with the start of last month's County Fire has been delayed while the investigation into the cause of the fire continues, county officials told the Express last week. Anthony Darosa, 46, of Woodland was cited last month for "burning of lands of another" after fire investigators say an improperly-installed electric fence started the blaze. He was scheduled to be arraigned at the end of July, but his court date was delayed to Aug. 31 in order to give prosecutors more time to complete a follow-up investigation, a spokesperson for the Yolo County District Attorney's Office told the Express by email last Saturday. The citation, a misdemeanor, carries a potential jail sentence of up to one year. The County Fire started in a field near Guinda and quickly spread to surrounding communities. It briefly triggered evacuation orders for rural portions of Winters and shut down the main artery linking the city to Lake Berryessa over the Independence Day holiday. The wildfire destroyed 20 residential structures before firefighters were able to bring it under control two weeks after it started. Crews from more than 190 local, state and federal fire agencies responded to the blaze, according to information collected by the Express last month. With 90,288 acres burned, it was the largest fire by size in California this year until it was surpassed by the Carr Fire and Mendocino Complex Fire late last month. ]]>
Arraignment delayed for man connected to County Fire
The arraignment of a Yolo County man cited in connection with the start of last month’s County Fire has been delayed while the investigation into the cause of the fire continues, county officials told the Express last week.