After Angora: Culprit Still At Large

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Investigators have sorted through hundreds of tips about who started the illegal campfire that they believe led to the Angora Fire….and they haven’t stopped working on the case.

Janice Gautheir with the US Forest Service declined to comment on specifics…only to say…   

"We are continuing to work together with El Dorado County on this open investigation on the cause of the Angora fire."

Bill Dillard is an investigator with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office. He also declined to talk on tape about the case…but says he’s looking at a “person of interest” from the Tahoe area and could still use a little help from the public…   

"If anyone has any information on who possibly started the Angora fire on June 24, 2007. Please contact me." 

Dillard says with wildfire investigations, it’s not uncommon for a year or two to pass before a case is solved...because a suspect can finally break his silence.

Investigators think the Angora Fire was caused by sparking embers from an abandoned, illegal campfire at Seneca Pond – a popular party spot near South Lake Tahoe.