Woman Charged With Intentionally Starting Delta Fire Will Stand Trial In June

A Mountain Gate woman accused of being responsible for the 2018 Delta Fire has entered a not guilty plea, and a trial date has been set. 58-year-old Cynthia Ann Leroux was in court Tuesday. In 2018, as firefighting resources and were stretched thin from the devastating Carr Fire, the Delta Fire broke out north of Lake Shasta in the Sacramento River Canyon. It destroyed 63,000 acres and 45 structures including 20 homes. The fire closed Interstate 5 and the railroad for five days, causing a major impact to commerce. The Forest Service estimated $59 Million of forest restoration costs. There were serious injuries, including to a truck driver who had to run from the flames and was badly burned. Another truck driver suffered a serious head injury while trying to help another driver. No cause for the Delta Fire was made public until may of last year when Cal-Fire investigators arrested Leroux and charged her with intentionally starting the fire. She’s also accused of starting two much smaller fires. She’s been in Shasta County Jail on a Million Dollars bail since her arrest. Leroux faces a total of 20 felony counts and 2 enhancements. If convicted of all the charges, Leroux could be sentenced to well over 50 years in prison. Trial is set to begin June 21st.