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Gov. Brown approves tougher penalties for starting major fires
Gov. Brown approves tougher penalties for starting major fires

Hours after a man was charged with arson that allegedly caused the sprawling King fire east of Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed into law tougher penalties for those who cause major fires. The measure reinstates a law that expired in January allowing a 10-years-to-life prison sentence for those convicted of aggravated arson, defined as causing a fire that costs more than $7 million in damages. The bill adds firefighting costs to the calculation of damages. Brown's action came as fire officials said it was costing $5 million a day to fight the King fire and announced that Wayne Huntsman, 37, was charged with forest-land arson. The charge carries a...

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