Forest Service Worker Admits Setting Fatal Fire… In 1959

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From the Los Angeles Times:

[This is from the “Daily Mirror” section, focused on Los Angeles history. The headline is pretty jarring. – Eds.]


Oct. 14, 1959: A fire that started along Angeles Crest Highway near Dark Canyon threatens homes in what is now the La Canada Flintridge area. William Douglas Grater Jr., a 20-year-old Forest Service employee, confessed to setting the fire, which killed two Zuni Indian firefighters and burned 14,000 acres. He was sentenced to a year in jail and seven years’ probation.

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Written by Times Community News

October 14, 2009 at 9:48 am

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