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August 28, 2012
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Warrant issued in TRE fire case

A $5,000 warrant was issued Monday for the arrest of a man accused of failing to extinguish the controlled burn that started the Topaz Ranch Estates.

Steven Cozad, 30, was scheduled to appear in East Fork Justice Court on Monday. Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins issued a $5,000 bench warrant that may be paid by cash or bond.

Cozad's mother, Kim Carlin, 56, appeared with attorney Charles Zumpft.

A pre-trial conference was set for Sept. 19, after Carlin waived her right to a trial within 60 days.

Cozad and Carlin are accused of misdemeanor negligent failure to extinguish a fire, and face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

According to the report, Carlin and Cozad had a controlled burn May 20 on their property at 1221 Slate Road, and failed to properly extinguish the fire. On May 22, Carlin arrived home to find smoke and flames coming from the burn pile.

Driven by 18-32-mph winds, the Topaz Ranch Estates fire ultimately grew to 7,500 acres, destroying two homes, 17 outbuildings, boats, cars, motorcycles, and travel trailers.

No one was injured in the fire.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Aug 28, 2012 04:23PM Published Aug 28, 2012 11:09AM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.