[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | Lancaster Man Charged with Starting Towsley Fire | 07-14-2017
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Sunny
Sunny
83°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
August 20
1967 - New Town of Valencia dedicated; homes sell for $25,000 [story]


Towsley FireA 20-year-old Lancaster man was arrested Thursday night for recklessly causing the Towsley brush fire, according to a news release from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Around 1:55 p.m. on Thursday, the station was notified of a brush fire on the 23900 block of The Old Road in Newhall.

Responding sheriff’s deputies assisted Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters with the evacuation of a U.S. Post Office, a paintball park facility and a church.

Witnesses observed a male suspect at the paintball park allegedly setting off a smoke canister during paintball games. The canister set off a brush fire which became uncontrollable.

A suspect was detained by deputies at the scene, based on witness statements.

Suspect Zachary Garcia, age 20, of Lancaster, was arrested, transported and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Garcia is charged with recklessly causing a fire (accidental).

LASD Arson and Explosives Detail detectives are handling the investigation.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

38 Comments

  1. Dipshit party of one your table is ready🙄

  2. Thanks a lot
    a$$hole. You have no idea how much of a inconvenience you caused.

  3. AJ Yarbrough AJ Yarbrough says:

    Sandra Ibrahim ohhh. they gave a name.

  4. Angel Reyes Angel Reyes says:

    It says in parentheses (accidental) so how does that work ?

  5. Davey Riley Davey Riley says:

    Throw arsonists in the fire

  6. Amy Graham Amy Graham says:

    Marissa Arlette Ochwatt

  7. So sad with the harm he caused. Hope they throw the book at him. So many families loosing homes…

  8. Thanks for making me late to work , Dick!!!! 🖕🏼

  9. Tony Hidalgo Tony Hidalgo says:

    And thanks to the CHP for closing the old road half way down past sierra hwy, instead of at sierra hwy dipshits.

    • It says nothing in the article about him being a firefighter

    • Brian Durand Brian Durand says:

      I was just curious there’s a large percent of arson created by firefighters to to the fact that they are seasonal workers and when summer rolls around they want to get paid. They go on 24-hour shifts until the fires out meaning they get paid to sleep. At least that’s my understanding of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. No fire no money. That’s why every summer there’s a big fire in Santa Clarita this year last year next year Etc. Fire season

    • Jenna Marie Jenna Marie says:

      Brian Durand it doesn’t say anything about a firefighter. It states he is a 20 year old who was at the paintball park. Don’t make something it’s not… smh

  10. Reason why they insist on making sure that people know he is from Lancaster?

    SCV has their own share of idiots.

  11. Someone didn’t think about possible consequences for his behavior. 😢

  12. Worked late into the night with fiber optic cables being destroyed by the fire

  13. D S Benjamin D S Benjamin says:

    I have known him for at least 8 years. It was not brilliant thinking on his part by any means but he is a really good, well mannered kid who made a careless decision.

  14. Children’s obsession with fire and firearms sometimes lasts longer than childhood.

  15. We should he calling it the Zachary fire. If he started it its his fire. He should be associated with it. Maybe people would get it then and be more careful. Dont be like Zachary.

  16. Dan says:

    Maybe he is a “good, well mannered kid” but he is definitely not a critical thinker. But that’s not to say he should think that he’ll never it into the White House.

  17. Helen Gast Helen Gast says:

    Bonnie Fortner Raitt

  18. Redge denning says:

    Seems like an honest kid made a bad mistake and the way brush fires are in the Santa Clarita Valley if it don’t happen this year it’ll happen next year I hope he makes better choices in the future

Leave a Comment


SCV NewsBreak
Loading...
Related Content
LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Friday, Aug 18, 2017
Deputies Break Window, Rescue Dogs Locked in Car
Alerted by a concerned citizen Friday, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies once again rescued dogs the owner left in a car with the windows rolled up and no water.
Friday, Aug 18, 2017
Environmental Groups File Complaint Against Newhall Ranch Water Plan
Two local environmental groups filed a complaint in L.A. Superior Court Thursday regarding the approved plan to provide water to the Newhall Ranch development, set to break ground in 2018.
Friday, Aug 18, 2017
SCV Sheriff’s Station Student Worker, LASD Dad Top Mt. Whitney
Ashley Olivier, a student worker at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, summited Mt. Whitney with her dad, a lieutenant at LASD's Monterey Park station.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1967 - New Town of Valencia dedicated; homes sell for $25,000 [story]
1879 - Newhall civic leader Charles Henry Kingsburry born in Missouri [story]
Alerted by a concerned citizen Friday, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies once again rescued dogs the owner left in a car with the windows rolled up and no water.
Deputies Break Window, Rescue Dogs Locked in Car
40 oz. to Freedom arrives in Santa Clarita as part of its anniversary tour at Concerts in the Park at Central Park on Saturday, August 19, with showtime at 7 p.m.
August 19: 40 Oz. to Freedom Rocks Central Park
Two local environmental groups filed a complaint in L.A. Superior Court Thursday regarding the approved plan to provide water to the Newhall Ranch development, set to break ground in 2018.
Environmental Groups File Complaint Against Newhall Ranch Water Plan
County Supervisor Kathryn Barger has provided $143,000 in funding to extend the season of youth and adult swim programs offered at the Castaic Aquatic Center through October 31.
Castaic Aquatic Center Programs Extended to October 31
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, Los Angeles County firefighters and government leaders welcomed back the Super Scoopers Friday morning. Plus, the Old Town Newhall Library helped get the community ready for it as well by handing out free eclipse viewing glasses. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Friday, August 18, 2017
CalArts alumna Audrey Chan (Art MFA 07) will host a free, all-ages interactive arts workshop in Little Tokyo on Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20, as part of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center’s 2017 Nisei Week activities.
August 19-20: Nisei Week Arts Workshop with CalArts Alum Audrey Chan
Western singer and songwriter John Zipperer headlines the next episode of "SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series" at The MAIN in Old Town Newhall the evening of Friday, August 25.
August 25: John Zipperer Headlines ‘SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series’
Habitat for Humanity SFV/SCV is honored to have received a $25,000 grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, which will fund trauma workshops.
Habitat for Humanity Receives $25K Grant from Disabled Veterans
Here are agenda highlights for the next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, set for Tuesday, August 22, starting at 9:30 a.m..
August 22: Board of Supervisors Meeting Agenda
Ashley Olivier, a student worker at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, summited Mt. Whitney with her dad, a lieutenant at LASD's Monterey Park station.
SCV Sheriff’s Station Student Worker, LASD Dad Top Mt. Whitney
Looking to enter the win column for the first time in 2017 on day two of the Summer Slam volleyball tournament, the TMU Mustangs squared off against 11th-ranked Eastern Oregon but lost in straight sets.
Mountaineers Spike Mustangs at Summer Slam
Caltrans has released "Rail and the California Economy," a research report investigating how the state’s vast passenger and freight rail system contribute to California’s economy, as well as an overview of opportunities for rail to address the state’s needs and challenges in the future.
New Report Details Rail Role in State Economy
The Master’s University women’s soccer team soared to a 7-0 victory over the visiting Eagles from Sierra Nevada College Thursday.
Lady Mustangs Soccer Win Opener 7-0
The Master’s University women's volleyball team concluded their first day of HIU Summer Slam tournament play with a five-set thriller against the Southern Oregon University Raiders on Wednesday evening, dropping the fifth set 15-9.
Lady Mustangs Fall in 5 to Raiders at HIU
A federal judge on Wednesday ruled against claims by a state workers’ union that California’s pension system unfairly changed the terms of a pre-existing collective bargaining agreement.
Court Upholds Increase in CalPERS Retirement Age
Friday's alert from the South Coast Air Quality Management District that air quality will be unhealthy for sensitive individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley has been extended through Saturday.
Updated: SCV Air Quality Unhealthy Saturday
Four annual crime reports, which provide law enforcement agencies and the public with statewide data on crime statistics, were released Friday by California's Attorney General.
AG Releases 4 California Crime Reports for 2016
The Master’s University women’s volleyball team lost their 2017 season opener Wednesday at the HIU Summer Slam in straight sets against the Warriors from national powerhouse Corban University (OR).
Warriors Drop TMU Lady Mustangs in Straight Sets
Here's the Castaic/Val Verde (Zone 2) Crime Information and Public Safety Report from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station for the week of August 7 to August 13.
Crime Blotter: Assault, Theft in Castaic-Val Verde
Two Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station employees will be recognized at the City Council meeting to be held on August 22 at 6 p.m.
City Council to Honor 2 SCV Sheriff’s Station Employees
The Santa Clarita Public Library invites residents to celebrate the upcoming total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 with two free events at the Old Town Newhall Library.
August 18 & 21: Solar Eclipse Events at Newhall Library
The city of Santa Clarita’s Youth Sports program has seen measured success thus far in 2017.
Santa Clarita Youth Sports Program Sees Spike in Participation
The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center’s new building campaign now only has $1.3 million remaining to raise before groundbreaking on the site can begin.
New SCV Senior Center Needs $1.3M to Break Ground
Sacramento County sued the California Department of Water Resources on Thursday over DWR's certification of the California 'WaterFix' delta tunnels project’s “dizzying” and “shifting” environmental review.
Sacramento County Sues to Freeze California ‘WaterFix’
1946 - Pioneering Placerita Canyon movie producer Trem Carr dies in San Diego [story]
' style=
The storewide remodel of the Walmart Supercenter at 26471 Carl Boyer Drive is complete and, in addition to the many physical changes inside, Santa Clarita residents now have access to Online Grocery Pickup.
Walmart on Carl Boyer Drive Celebrates Grand Reopening Friday
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, two people have been hospitalized after a major collision. Plus, an acquisition of land near the 14. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Thursday August 17, 2017
Le Chene French Cuisine, a long-time Santa Clarita local favorite restaurant along Sierra Highway, has announced that they will be hosting a thrilling Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday, November 4th, 2017.
Nov. 4: Le Chene Murder Mystery Dinner
Senator Scott Wilk, R- Antelope Valley, today announces that he is one of the 2017 inductees into the Antelope Valley High School Alumni Hall of Fame.
Sept. 22: Wilk to be Inducted into AV High School Hall of Fame
Signups are under way for the Santa Clarita Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which offers participants an opportunity to take a healthy stroll, experience outstanding live entertainment, honor loved ones who have been affected by Alzheimer’s and raise funds to battle the debilitating disease.
Oct. 7: Walk to End Alzheimer’s; Signups Under Way
Trammell Crow Company (TCC) andand Clarion Partners are pleased to announce the acquisition of 54 acres of land for the development of The Center at Needham Ranch, a state-of-the-art business park in the city of Santa Clarita, CA.
TCC, Clarion Partners Acquire More Than 50 Acres of SCV Real Estate
The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration is hosting what will be a highly educational and informative (and free) Tax Seminar for Nonprofits and Exempt Organizations.
Sept. 6: Tax Seminar for Non-Profits and Exempt Organizations