March 3, 2016: Transient Pleads to Recklessly Causing Lincoln Fire
A transient charged last year with starting a fire near the Whittier Narrows Reservoir pleaded no contest today to recklessly causing a fire, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Arturo Miallan Aguilar (dob 11/21/69) was immediately sentenced to one year in county jail, ordered to complete a one-year, live-in drug treatment program and placed on probation for three years, said Deputy District Attorney Joy Roberts with the Arson Unit who prosecuted the case. A restitution hearing will be set later.
The so-called Lincoln Fire was first reported about 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, 2015, around Montebello Hills. Aguilar was arrested later that same day. Officials said the fire burned approximately 300 acres. No structures burned.
Case BA439032 was investigated by the Montebello Fire Department.