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California homeless man charged with arson in 10 separate forest fires in Sonoma County

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A northern California homeless man arrested for allegedly burglarizing a residence is now also facing 10 counts of arson after investigators said he was linked to nearly a dozen forest fires in Sonoma County. 

Jack Stanley Seprish, a 43-year-old transient man, was arrested in Monte Rio Thursday night, Cal Fire said. 

He has since been charged with 10 counts of arson in addition to a burglary charge, and his bail was set at $920,000 during an arraignment hearing Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. 

Residents reported seeing a White male, later identified as Seprish, at the scenes of two separate vegetation fires near the 9500 block of Bohemian Highway Thursday evening.  

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Jack Stanley Seprish, a transient man, was arrested in Monte Rio Thursday night following two separate fires and an attempted burglary in the area.  (Cal Fire)

Cal Fire’s Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit, along with Monte Rio Fire Protection District and Sonoma County Fire District, responded to the first fire at approximately 6:12 p.m., and while firefighters were still at that scene, a second blaze was reported nearby, according to Cal Fire. 

Bloomberg Best of the Year 2020: A firefighter carries a hose as buildings burn in the Skyhawk Park neighborhood of East Santa Rosa during wildfires in Sonoma County, California, U.S., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020.  (Photographer: Philip Pacheco/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol and Cal Fire scoured the area for the suspect. 

FILE – A firefighter with North Sonoma County ignites piled up leaves and brush during a prescribed burn on Mountain View Ranch Road in Healdsburg, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.  (Carlos Avila Gonzalez/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

Deputies with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office nabbed Seprish on suspicion of burglarizing a nearby home, but further investigation connected him to at least 10 separate brush fires, according to Cal Fire. 

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No added information has been released about the other fires he is allegedly linked to. 

Suspected arson can be reported to Cal Fire’s anonymous hotline at 800-468-4408. 

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