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Lake County Man Allegedly Lit a 2.5 Acre Wildland Fire After Using a Barbeque ‘Surrounded by Dry Vegetation’

The following is a press release issued by CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit (LNU). The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:


Firefighters working to suppress the flames lit by an errant barbecue [PIctures taken and provided Cynthia O’Neill]

Around 3.15 p.m. on May 18, 2022, CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit (LNU), along with our local partners from Northshore Fire Protection District, responded to a vegetation fire near Robinson Rd / Foothill Dr in Lucerne, CA. As firefighters arrived on scene, the fire was reported to be approximately an acre and moving uphill. With the quick actions of the firefighters, the fire was contained to approximately 2.5 acres and no evacuations were issued.

CAL FIRE LNU’s Law Enforcement immediately began an investigation of the origin and cause of the fire. During the course of the investigation CAL FIRE Law Enforcement officers identified Robert John Moore of Lucerne as being allegedly responsible for causing the Robinson Incident. Moore started a fire in a small barbeque surrounded by dry vegetation, which ultimately caused the fire. CAL FIRE Law Enforcement also determined Moore had a warrant for his arrest within Lake County. CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers placed Moore under arrest for the warrant as well as cited him for violation of California Health and Safety Code § 13001, causing a fire through careless or negligent action. Moore was transported by CAL FIRE Law Enforcement to the Lake County Jail to be processed.

CAL FIRE’s Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit Chief Mike Marcucci would like to remind the public to exercise fire safety, as we are in a severe drought. CAL FIRE takes aggressive and prompt enforcement actions to prevent fires and hold those responsible for causing them accountable.

As the weather is warming up and the fuels are already very dry for this time of year. CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit would like to remind everyone about safely cooking in the outdoors. It is very important that you follow all manufacturer recommendations for the use of outdoor cooking items. No matter what form of cooking you decide to use outside, whether it is on a barbecue, in a smoker, using Charcoal grills, gas grills, or even using a cooking fire in a fire pit to heat up your food, it is important that you do your part to cook in a safe manner. Make sure you have a non-flammable 10-foot clearance around the cooking area and make sure there is not flying embers or sparks being produced while you are cooking. It is best to always have a water source and some tools nearby in case a fire starts. Always remember that safe cooking practices not only help protect you from getting hurt and your property from being damaged, but it also helps protect your community and the people around you. One Less Spark = One Less Fire

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