Originally published 6-19-20 via Facebook
by the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office:
Detective Leist was able to identify Robert Tanner, 43 years, of Hollister as the person who had left an unattended fire in the area. He was arrested for a violation of California Penal Code 452, a felony.
Witnesses watched Tanner’s campfire re-ignite as the winds picked up yesterday afternoon. The fire quickly spread and was stopped by a rapid response from HFD, North County Fire Protection District, CAL FIRE and CAL FIRE BEU
Our office is aware of the encampments along the river. We are working with our county partners and the private property owners along the river on solutions.
We are also investigating whether or not Tanner is responsible for the other fires locally.
Your San Benito County Arson Task Force is led by the Hollister Fire Department and is comprised of investigators from our office and Hollister Police Department.
If you have any information, please contact Detective Leist at firstname.lastname@example.org.”