Officers arrested a Sacramento man who allegedly started the Bully Fire, according to CAL FIRE.
On Friday night, CAL FIRE officers arrested Freddie Alexander Smoke III, 37, at the origin of the Bully Fire. Smoke, was driving a large rental truck to deliver soil amendments to an illegal marijuana farm north of Highway 36.
The fire allegedly started when Smoke was driving the truck off road in rough terrain. The truck’s exhaust ignited dry grass. Smoke was arrested for two felonies: recklessly causing a fire and marijuana cultivation.
The Shasta County Marijuana Eradication Team seized over 180 marijuana plants growing at the site.
Back in 2010, CAL FIRE put out a 15 acre grass fire at the same location. That fire was caused by illegal trash burning. They also found an illegal marijuana grow site was also found, but there were no people near it.
The Bully Fire has burned through 2,800 acres and is only 10% contained. The fire has destroyed 1 building and damaged another, and it has also destroyed several cars and trucks. There are mandatory evacuations from Bland/Platina to Bland/Roarking Creek and west of Graves Ranch. The evacuation center has been set up at Grant School, 8835 Swasey Drive in Redding (map).
Greg Cotta filed this report.