Rim fire suspect to surrender Tuesday

08/11/2014 1:57 PM

08/11/2014 1:57 PM

The man suspected of starting the Rim fire is scheduled to turn himself in to U.S. marshals at the U.S. Eastern District Court in Fresno on Tuesday morning.

A grand jury last week returned a four-count indictment against Keith Matthew Emerald, 32, for allegedly starting the Rim fire Aug. 17 when an illegal campfire got away from him.

U.S. marshals will process and book Emerald. He then is expected to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary Austin.

Emerald’s bail also will be set during this hearing, said U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Lauren Horwood.

Emerald will be represented by Assistant Federal Defender Janet Bateman. She could not be reached for comment Monday.

The Rim fire burned more than 250,000 acres in the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park and private land.

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