The man charged with burning down the historic Western Pacific Hospital in Portola last month was convicted of felony arson Oct. 7.
According to Plumas County District Attorney David Hollister, Harold Ellis Johnson, 18, of Portola, will be sentenced Nov. 18 for the crime.
Johnson is expected to be placed on formal probation for up to five years. He could serve up to 12 months in jail.
There is a controlled burn taking place in an area 2 miles Northeast of Meadow Valley, Ca. (T24N, R09E, Secs. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8), beginning today October 18 through October 21 as conditions allow. Smoke production may last 3 - 4 days when active and the estimated direction of smoke travel will be in the North, Northwest (Preferred) areas and may be visible from Meadow Valley, Quincy and Butterfly Valley, Ca. This will be an underburn operation on a total of 137 acres.
If additional information is needed, the Agency Contacts are: Ryan Bauer (530) 283-7673 or Steven Causemaker (530) 283-7639
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