๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ”ฅ “Grandpa Pyro?” 71-Year-Old Accused of Starting Mega Oak Fire! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿ”ฅ

Brace yourselves for some fiery revelations, folks! A 71-year-old from Mariposa finds himself in hot water, accused of sparking the monstrous Oak Fire that torched nearly 200 buildings last summer. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ The granddad faces some serious arson charges, but the whys and hows are still shrouded in smoke. ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ”Ž

Raise your hand if you remember last summer’s Oak Fire! ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ That fiery beast was one helluva party crasher, engulfing almost 200 buildings west of Yosemite. ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ”ฅ Now, the alleged party pooper who got the bonfire started might just be your grandpa’s poker buddy! ๐Ÿ‘ด๐ŸŽด

On a less delightful Friday, a 71-year-old Mariposa man found himself slapped with some flaming hot felony charges, with arson stealing the spotlight. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the party police, didn’t reveal why they’re eyeballing the old guy. ๐Ÿš”๐Ÿ”

Cast your mind back to the lazy afternoon of July 22, 2022, when the Oak Fire burst onto the scene, leaving jaws dropping from near the Midpines community store, along Highway 140. ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ

Here’s a refresher, for those with a memory fuzzier than a three-day-old bread loaf: within the first day, this fire was no wallflower! It spread faster than gossip in a hair salon, giving birth to a pyrocumulus cloud visible as far as Reno. Talk about stealing the show! โ˜๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ

So, what’s the damage? An eye-watering 19,244 acres of land was charred (think 30 square miles of BBQ gone wrong ๐Ÿ˜ฑ), with 127 homes and 66 outbuildings turned into ashes. And our brave heroes? Three firefighters were injured while combatting this fiery titan. ๐Ÿš’๐Ÿ’”

But wait, there’s more. The Oak Fire was California’s biggest wildfire of the season at the time, only to be bumped to the No. 5 spot by later autumnal arsonist attempts. ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ‚

Who you gonna call to solve such a mystery? Well, aside from the Ghostbusters, the fire-fighting whodunit team included the Mariposa County Sheriffโ€™s Office, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the FBI. ๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Now, we have an elderly gent facing the music. But, why would a 71-year-old supposedly start such a blaze? Was it an accident, a grudge, or simply a case of ‘I didn’t know candles could do that?’ ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

At Turnt Up News, we don’t have the answers (or the recommendations ๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™€๏ธ). We’re just here to turn the dial up on the important stuff and get those brain gears grinding. ๐Ÿง โš™๏ธ

So, over to you: Why do you think Grandpa might’ve become an alleged fire-starter? How should we deal with incidents like these to prevent future flare-ups? ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’ญ