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Suspected arsonist Damin Pashilk's FB page…. Well, there’s three of them. One dead page from 2011, another almost dead page from 2016, and this one, featuring Nazi SS signs on the top of the page, with posts from 2015:
Reading the posts on the page is an interesting exercise. Pashilk is clearly a low-life, not really apparently a Nazi or white supremacist, but my takeaway is that he was “bored” after he became, ahem, “self-employed” in May 2015.
As per Lake County News: “A brief review of Lake County arrest records showed that Pashilk had numerous previous arrests from 2005 to 2015 for charges related to drugs and firearms, evading a peace officer, driving on a suspended license, bench warrants and parole violations.”
LA Times has Pashilk being investigated by authorities for arsons for a year, but I’m not entirely sure the Times has it right. They have:
It’s unclear how arson investigators linked Pashilk to the blaze, or how the fire ignited. Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott said Pashilk had been under investigation for about a year.
But Lake County News has it this way:
Chief Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire's director, said Pashilk is believed to be responsible not just for the Clayton fire but a series of fires in Lake County over the past year.
And Record-Bee doesn’t have anything about authorities investigating him for a year. If they HAVE been investigating Pashilk for a year, of course, the question is: Why did it take so long? Did they get new evidence after Saturday’s fire? Here’s an interesting FB post from Ken Wells, “correspondent” with Record-Bee, from Saturday evening:
Ken R. Wells to Lake County Record-Bee
August 13 at 9:42pm
Just got back from four hours on the front line of the Clayton Fire east of Lower Lake. The fire moved towards Morgan Valley Road but around 6 p.m. the wind reversed direction pushing flames back towards Clayton Creek Road. Fire is out of control right now, multiple structures are threatened. Dozens of people and pets evacuated, many with no notice. I saw several houses near the start of the fire with doors open, the occupants left so fast.
I did about 5 miles of hiking to go back off the main road to get closer to the flames. Walked through a half dozen separate marijuana grows, some actively on fire, others smoldering.
I talked with a half-dozen law enforcement and fire personnel who said on the record the cause is under investigation but several said off the record it appears to be arson.
The ignition point appears to be along Clayton Creek Road, about a quarter-mile in from Hwy. 29. loads of law enforcement and fire officials were gathered around that sight with about 50 small colored flags in the ground marking points of evidence or interest.
And here’s a link to the booking log: http://www.lakesheriff.com/resources/arrests.htm