Wednesday, 01 February 2023

Officials investigate Bartlett Springs fires

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The site of the most recent fire at Bartlett Springs, which occurred Sunday. Photo courtesy of Tobie Edmonds.

 

THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED, WITH A CORRECTION ON TOBIE EDMONDS' POSITION ON THE ARSON TASK FORCE.

 

BARTLETT SPRINGS – An investigation into a series of fires in the Bartlett Springs is under way, as officials look at the possibility of arson.


Structure fires have besieged the area in recent months, with the most recent – a quarter-acre fire that burned a building – occurring Sunday, as Lake County News previously reported.


“There have been four or five fires over the last three or four months and the cause is still under investigation for each one of them,” said Tobie Edmonds, the Northshore Fire Protection District representative on the Lake County Arson Task Force.


Edmonds said the task force includes an investigator from each fire district in the county, the sheriff's department, Lakeport Police and Clearlake Police, the District Attorney's Office, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Lake County Probation and local juvenile authorities.


Because the investigation is still under way, Edmonds said he couldn't further discuss the circumstances of the particular cases.


The fires that have burned in the Bartlett Springs area have resulted in a lot of lost history.


On July 28, the Bartlett Springs Resort Lodge burned to the ground, as Lake County News previously reported. It was the third lodge at the once-famed resort.


The resort's nearby gazebo barely escaped the July 28 fire, but a fire on Sept. 11 destroyed it as well.


Zane Gray, the resort's caretaker, said he believes the fires are the result of arson, and said ignition devices were found at both sites.


Gray had helped rebuild both the gazebo and the lodge during his more than 20 years of caring for the nearly 2,000-acre resort property, which today is owned by Nestle.


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The quarter-acre fire burned a building and is one of several fires currently under investigation. Photo courtesy of Tobie Edmonds.

 

 

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