Bully Fire suspect faces involuntary manslaughter charge

Bully Fire suspect faces involuntary manslaughter charge

REDDING, Calif. - Freddie Smoke III, who is accused of starting the Bully Fire in Shasta County, will face additional felony charges including involuntary manslaughter.

CAL FIRE law enforcement officers arrested Smoke, 37 of Sacramento, on July 11 for starting the Bully Fire earlier that day. Officers believe that Smoke was using a large rental truck to deliver soil to an illegal marijuana cultivation site near Roaring Creek Road and Sargent Road.

Smoke was arrested for recklessly starting a fire and marijuana cultivation.   His original bail was set at $10,000.  He was released the next day after posting bail.

On July 16, a body was found within the fire's perimeter. CAL FIRE confirmed that it was a civilian fatality and not a firefighter.   DNA tests are pending to confirm the victim's identification.

CAL FIRE officers are working to locate Smoke.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact law enforcement.

The felony arrest warrant for Smoke has been issued with a $1 million bail.  His arraignment is scheduled for August 22.

The Bully Fire burned 12,261 acres in the Ono area, and is 100 percent contained. Twenty structures in total were destroyed.

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