Female arsonist arrested for North County fires
September 16, 2016
A 58-year-old Bradley woman is charged with starting multiple fire in the Nacimiento Lake Drive area in North San Luis Obispo County. However, investigators ruled out that Devorah Collins had any involvement in the cause of the 46,000-acre Chimney Fire.
In late June, firefighters began battling a series of suspicious fires in the Nacimiento Lake area, according to Cal Fire. Investigators mounted an investigation which pointed at Collins as a suspect.
During an interview, Collins admitted to starting several fires, according to Cal Fire.
On Thursday, Cal Fire officers arrested Collins on eight counts of arson, two counts of manufacturing an incendiary device, two counts of use of a time delay device, eight counts of arson during a state of emergency and one count of resisting a peace officer and booked her into the San Luis Obispo County Jail with her bail set at $462,000.
Collins is due to be arraigned Monday in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.
“Wildfires throughout California cause millions of dollars in damage and sometimes even take lives,” Cal Fire Unit Chief Scotty Jalbert said. “Those who intentionally start fires will be held accountable and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”