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Judge: Girl, 13, is fit for trial for Calif. fire

Judge: 13-year-old girl accused of starting San Diego-area wildfire is fit to stand trial
The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO - A judge on Wednesday ruled that a 13-year-old girl is competent to stand trial on allegations that she deliberately started a wildfire that destroyed three dozen homes north of San Diego in May.

The judge made the ruling in a brief hearing in juvenile court, where the girl pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of arson and one misdemeanour count of unlawfully allowing a fire to escape from one's control.

A judge had ordered last month that the girl from San Marcos be psychologically evaluated to determine if she is fit to stand trial.

California Wildfire destroys 8 homes, 10 buildings

8 homes, 10 other buildings destroyed by California wildfire that burns about 5 square miles
The Associated Press

KERNVILLE, Calif. - A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain has destroyed eight homes and 10 other structures, authorities said, but residents of some 200 homes under evacuation orders were allowed to return home Wednesday evening.

13,000 evacuation calls in California wildfire

13,000 evacuation calls go out as wildfire burns near California's Yosemite National Park
The Associated Press

MARIPOSA, Calif. - Authorities have sent evacuation orders to some 13,000 phone numbers as an out-of-control wildfire bears down on a foothill community near Yosemite National Park in Central California.

Sheriff John Anderson issued the evacuation orders late Monday and declared a local state of emergency in Madera County.

California brush fire spurs 1,500-plus evacuations

Central California brush fire forces more than 1,500 people to be evacuated from homes, hotels
The Associated Press

MARIPOSA, Calif. - One of several wildfires burning across California prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people in a central California foothill community near Yosemite National Park, authorities said.

More than 1,500 people from homes and four hotels near the community of Oakhurst have been told to evacuate, said Erica Stuart, a spokeswoman for the Madera County Sheriff's Office. Oakhurst is about 16 miles away from an entrance to Yosemite National Park.

Indiana man gets 65 years for 3 arson deaths

Indiana 19-year-old gets 65 years in prison after guilty plea in arson that killed 3 siblings
The Associated Press

NEW ALBANY, Ind. - A judge sentenced a southern Indiana 19-year-old to 65 years in prison after pleading guilty to three murder counts for firing a flare into a home and igniting a blaze that killed three young siblings.

Cody Cashion of New Albany received the maximum sentence Monday on each of the three counts and 50 years for arson. The sentences will be served at the same time.

"There's no excuse for what I did," Cody Cashion said. "I'm sorry, I'm sorry."

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