Wednesday, February 25, 2009
A Camp Pendleton Marine has been charged with recklessly setting a 4,000-acre wildfire that threatened homes in and around the San Diego County base last October.
In a prepared statement Wednesday, base officials say Lance Cpl. Nason G. Lamb faces military charges of reckless endangerment, setting fire to and damaging property and making a false official statement.
Authorities contend Lamb started a fire during a training exercise. A hearing will determine if he should be court-martialed.
Base officials and officers with his unit, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, did not immediately respond to a message seeking contact information for Lamb.
Investigators say two fires in the area on Oct. 13 threatened homes on the base and in nearby Fallbrook and Oceanside. No damage or injuries were reported.
The other fire remains under investigation.