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Woman Pleads Guilty in Mammoth Forest Fire

May 13, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A Bakersfield woman accused of starting a fire that scorched more than 150,000 acres of forest last summer pleaded guilty Monday as part of a plea agreement.

Peri Dare Van Brunt, 46, was charged with leaving a fire unattended and unextinguished, causing the worst blaze in Sequoia National Park history, authorities said.

The $60-million blaze destroyed three homes and five commercial properties.

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