Police arrest man suspected of starting last year’s fire in Bohemian Switzerland national park

Czech police have arrested and charged a man who they believed started last year’s fire in the Bohemian Switzerland national park, the Czech News Agency reported on Friday citing police spokesman Kamil Marek. It is the same man who started several fires in the nearby area around the town of Děčín in Northen Bohemia. The responsible court has decided to place the man into custody.

The fire, which spread across 1,000 hectares of the national park and was widely covered in the media, took 20 days to put out, involving no fewer than 6,000 firefighters. If the individual is found guilty, he could face a jail sentence of up to 15 years.