Three Vancouver men in their twenties were expressing their Second Amendment rights all over propane bottles, an act which caused the Colvin Creek Fire, which burned forest land near Woodland this week.
Oh boy, did they cause some damage.
On Saturday morning, authorities announced that they had arrested Michael J. Estrada-Cardenas, 22; Nathan C. Taylor, 21, and Adrian D. Taylor, 23, on suspicion of first-degree reckless burning, a felony. All three are being held in the Cowlitz County Jail without bail, pending a first court appearance. In addition to jail time, under state law they could be ordered to repay the cost of firefighting efforts, The Columbian reports.
Let’s see a nighttime picture of the damage:
Deputies say on July 19th when the fires began, the three men shot four 16-ounce propane bottles in a forested area on a day when temperatures reached the high 90s and it hadn’t rained in weeks.
They was just funnin’ around with a .223 caliber A/R rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun and a 9mm pistol when they realized they had started a fire, according to deputies.
The three geniuses allegedly attempted to put the flames out before leaving, but there were still some burning embers.
By that afternoon, the Colvin Creek Fire burned 129 acres before it was contained.
Wildland firefighting crews had to be brought in from around the region.
According to the Sheriff’s office, the case was solved by analyzing a combination of evidence found at the scene and interviews of several people.
No guns were harmed during the fire.
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