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Minor Who Started John West Fires Placed On House Arrest

MADERA – The minor who started the John West fires last year near Oakhurst appeared in Madera Superior Court today in response to a petition filed, alleging that he had violated the order issued by Superior Court Judge James Oakley, spelling out the terms of his probation.

His violations involved inappropriate activities, such as taking pictures and being in close proximity to the recent Willow Fire.

The minor was remanded to the custody of his father and grandmother. He was placed on house arrest, electronic monitoring, and given a curfew during the evening and night hours. according to the District Attorney’s Office. The minor is not to leave his residence prior to his next court date, set for Aug. 28.

The juvenile was arrested in September 2014, when he was 15 years old, and charged with starting 13 fires in the John West/Jean Road area. He was sentenced to one year probation in November 2014.

District Attorney David Linn appeared on behalf of the people, and said, “I am pleased that we have been able to make progress in our attempt to make Eastern Madera County a safer place to live.”

In a different matter, the juvenile suspect in case of the Willow Fire, that charred over 5,700 acres near North Fork this summer, will make his initial appearance in court tomorrow, Aug. 18.


  1. He should get more than probation and house arrest.

  2. As for the Willow fire, both parents and the juvenile should be hold responsible.

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