Jarrod Anthony Samra, 23, of Yucaipa was arrested Aug. 3 after deputies responded to the Bryant Fire in the Yucaipa area along Highway 38. Four days later Samra faces multiple charges of arson related to a series of fires that were started in the East Valley area of San Bernardino County in June and July.
In a press conference Monday, Aug. 7, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said law enforcement and fire personnel formed a task force to investigate a series of fires that have occurred in the area since June. The task force identified a common subject to the fires and was preparing search and arrest warrants on Aug. 3 when the Bryant Fire started in Yucaipa.
Samra was arraigned Aug. 7, on eight counts of arson on multiple fires and one count of arson creating great bodily harm to a firefighter. If convicted, Samra faces up to a maximum of 19 years in state prison. Samra is a former member of the San Bernardino County Fire Department fire explorer program.
“This arsonist will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” District Attorney Michael Ramos said. “The history of fires in our county and the destruction they have caused to human life and property is absolutely tragic. Thankfully, through the investigative work of our law enforcement and public safety partners, we were able to stop this individual and prevent any future destruction or potential loss of life.”
Members of the task force included CalFire, the U.S. Forest Service, San Bernardino County Fire, the Sheriff’s Department Bomb…
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