Federal officials will take over the investigation and determine who, if anybody, might be saddled with financial responsibility or even criminal charges
A brush fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon was threatening homes in Lake View Terrace before being officially knocked down after burning 62 acres.
A wildfire burning in northern California's Santa Cruz Mountains has destroyed a dozen homes and 16 other structures.
The Loma Fire has exploded in the Santa Cruz Mountains Monday, threatening homes and prompting evacuations, NBC Bay Area reported.
The cost is mostly attributable to the long duration of the fire, and the need to pay thousands of firefighters for their daily work, the U.S. Forest Service said.
Investigators first placed a tracker on Damin Pashilk's vehicle in August 2015 after a series of small arson fires over the previous weeks that he is also accused of starting.
Crews expect to have the 20-acre Ken Fire, which broke out Saturday night in the Cajon Pass, fully contained by Sunday evening.