Arrest made in fire in Tuolumne County, Calif.

An arrest has been made in the Big Creek fire burning near Groveland in Tuolumne County, Calif., which was caused by an escaped debris fire, Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service announced Friday afternoon.

The cause was determined Thursday, and at 6 p.m. that day, Lisa Ann Vilmur was arrested and booked at the Tuolumne County jail on one count of recklessly causing a fire, a felony violation of Penal Code Section 452(c), the agencies reported. Her bail was set at $100,000.

The Union Democrat of Sonora reports that Vilmur was arrested at a Groveland-area gas station where she works.

Restrictions on debris burning have been in effect since June 1 for the entire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit, including the area of the Big Creek fire.

That fire, which began Wednesday afternoon, has destroyed 204 acres of forested land, with containment at 85 percent, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection incident information website Sunday afternoon.

The fire started within the Groveland Ranger District, along the Highway 120 corridor, near Buck Meadows. Because 25 homes were at risk, voluntary evacuations were put in place for the Hells Hollow area. Since then, all evacuations have been lifted and residents are allowed to return to their home.

For more fire information, contact the Big Creek fire information hotline at 209-754-5527 or go to

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