Monday, December 5, 2022

Mendocino County Man Admits to Purposefully Starting Dumpster Fire in Ukiah, Faces Three Years in Prison


The following is a press release was issued by the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office:

Nathaniel Chim [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff Booking Logs]

A Mendocino County man accused of a felony charge of recklessly causing a Ukiah fire this summer entered a no contest plea on Wednesday in Superior Court.

Nathaniel Scott Chim, 27, admitted his role in the July 14 fire. Chim set fire to a dumpster behind the Fairfield Inn about 9:30 p.m. and then fled the scene as the fire grew. 

As part of the plea agreement, Chim stipulated to a three-year state prison term, the maximum sentence allowed for the felony charge under current California law. 

Judge Carly Dolan will sentence Chinn on Oct. 13.

Deputy District Attorney Heidi Larson prosecuted the Chim case, based on an investigation by the Ukiah Police Department. The Ukiah Valley Fire Department officially determined the cause of the fire. Management of the Fairfield Inn turned over security camera footage used by investigators to identify Chim.

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Matt LaFever
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I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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