The ever growing mental illness and criminal compulsions of the Left in America will consume the nation in fire if not expunged from decent society. Today’s exhibit?
Firefighters battling the Dixie Fire have also been facing a second enemy: a serial arsonist who went on a spree of setting fires in July and August — and who sought to trap fire crews with his fires, according to agents from the U.S. Forest Service. They allege former college professor Gary Maynard is the culprit, citing their tracking of his movements and other evidence.
“Where Maynard went, fires started. Not just once, but over and over again,” the government said in a court memorandum arguing for Maynard to be denied bail.
While court documents allege that Maynard is connected to more than a half-dozen dangerous fires in Northern California, he is currently charged with starting only the Ranch Fire. That blaze broke out on Saturday morning, in a remote area where, according to court records, Maynard had just camped for the night. It’s one of three fires officials say Maynard set in recent days — all of them very close to the Dixie Fire’s northeastern footprint.
“He entered the evacuation zone and began setting fires behind the first responders fighting the Dixie fire,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento said in court papers. It added, “Maynard’s fires were placed in the perfect position to increase the risk of firefighters being trapped between fires.”
Maynard’s alleged offenses “show that he is particularly dangerous, even among arsonists,” the federal prosecutors said.
Exhibit 1 in the Gary Maynard Detention Memo. Map showing the locations of the Moon, Conard, and Ranch Fires. Courtesy of US Attorney’s office. The map was originally created to show the perimeter of the Dixie Fire. Gary Maynard Former university professor charged with arson near the Dixie Fire – Wildfire Today
Last fall, Maynard taught in the criminology and criminal justice department at Sonoma State University. His bio on the university website says he graduated from Bowling Green State University, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Stony Brook University, and one of his specialties is environmental sociology. He has master’s degrees in political science, theater arts, and sociology, as well as a Ph.D. in sociology.
His teaching and research focus on “sociology of technology/social media, social psychology, sociology of health, deviance and crime, sociology of the mass media, youth and adolescence, global sociology, environmental sociology, the sociology of sports, the sociology of drug abuse and alcoholism and quantitative research methods.”
The corporate media have made a point of linking the wildfires—including the Dixie Fire, the second-largest in California’s history—to climate change. California Professor Accused of Starting Wildfires Predicted Trump Would “Get Violent” if He Lost 2020 Election